Ceschi “The One Man Band Broke Up” (LP / CD / Digital)

New Haven songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/rapper Ceschi Ramos (pronounced chess-key) and Berlin producer DJ Scientist initially connected around 2005 over a mutual adoration of rare 60s/70s psychedelic, prog and folk rock as well as 90s hip hop.  On their first record together, “The One Man Band Broke Up“, both gentlemen evoke their influences creating a completely original sounding, melodic, dark and unabashedly progressive hip hop concept album.

Based around the ever revisited topic of the rise and fall of a musician, in this case one named Julius and The Bearded Saviour, “The One Man Band Broke Up” is as much about Ceschi‘s own fear of failure as it is about personal experiences in a dog eat dog music industry.  As Ceschi‘s voice moves from meticulous almost mathematical rhythms to aggressive nearly punk howling to scat like rhymes, Scientist layers epic montages of samples, dynamic drums, along with chopped live instruments to compliment the diversity of styles.  The album even slides in two of Ceschi‘s acoustic based tunes complete with violins, banjos and ukuleles.  Friends including Sole, Astronautalis, Radical Face (of Electric President), 2econd Class Citizen, Cars & Trains and MiC K!NG also contribute instrumentation and vocals.  The combined outcome is a post-modern hip hop project unlike anything else the two musicians have previously released.

It’s been four years since Ceschi‘s last album “They Hate Francisco False” slowly but surely gathered a following around the world because of its honest and unique blend of left field hip hop and indie folk.  During that recording hiatus Ceschi relentlessly toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan with independent hip hop heroes such as Myka 9, Awol One, Sole and Onry Ozzborn all while starting his own successful record label, Fake Four Inc., and recording his latest album with Equinox Records‘ founder DJ Scientist.

However you take in this music – it is undeniable that “The One Man Band Broke Up” is a powerful new album coming from an indie hip hop world that has largely become stagnant and safe.  This record isn’t afraid of its own intelligence, technicality and sincerity.

Download the free track No New York

(01) The One Man Band Broke Up mp3
(02) Half Mast mp3
(03) No New York mp3
(04) Lament For Captain Julius mp3
(05) Fallen Famous mp3
(06) Bridge mp3
(07) Serious Business
(08) Hangman (feat. Shoshin, Mic King & David Ramos) mp3
(09) Bad Jokes mp3
(10) For My Disappointing Hip Hop Heroes mp3
(11) Long Live The Short Lived (feat. Sole) mp3
(12) Swallowed Salt
(13) Julius’ Final Song mp3

Shop links for vinyl:

Circle Into Square (with Shirt) (US)
Kudos Records
Rough Trade UK
loop 23.de

Shop links digital release:

Selected Quotes & Feedback:

“Some of the best examples of alternative hip hop in recent years.”
Stereokill.net (4.5 of 5)

“The One Man Band Broke Up is one of the best conceptual hip hop records to drop in the past decade.”
URB Magazine

“A significant piece of art”
Okayplayer Magazine (89 of 100)

“Ceschi is a supremely talented MC who clearly has his finger on a fresh, new pulse of alternative hip-hop.”
ESM 8/10

“Ceschi’s new album is going to blow people away… it’s a refreshing hip-hop album with all the prog elements you’d expect from a meticulous vinyl collecting German (DJ Scientist) and some of the best hip-hop song writing i’ve heard in ages.”
Sole / soleone.org

“The Ceschi album is AMAZING. Holy shit!”

Buddy Peace / Strange Famous Records

“One of my favourite hip hop albums of recent times”
Laurent Fintoni / Rhythm Incursions / Spin Science


“Stilsicher und eindrucksvoll bewegen sich hier zwei Künstler gemeinsam durch kreative Weiten jenseits jeglicher Form von Einheitsbrei.”
Juice Magazine

“Wichtiges Album voller blutspuckender lyrischer Offenheit und erschreckend mutiger Nacktheit mit einer erfreulich mittelfingerreckenden stilistischen Geradlinigkeit”
Der Digitale Flaneur

„Das was Damon Albarn mit dem letzten Gorillaz Album vorhatte, schütten Ceschi und DJ Scientist mal eben auf den Independent-Markt.“

„HipHop trifft Folk, unglaubliche Double-Time Raps treffen Psychedelic-Prog-Rock Melodien. Man kann hören, dass Ceschi und DJ Scientist sich musikalisch blind verstehen.“
DougEgen Blog

„Was da aus den 70ern gesamplet und mit allerlei Instrumenten angereichert wird, ist dermaßen aus einem Guss, musikalisch, treibend, bremsend, abwechslungsreich und fein, dass man sich verwundert die Ohren reibt, wer eigentlich in Deutschland als guter Beatproduzent gilt… eines der besten Alben dieses Jahr.“
ficko Magazin

(Pictures by Sindy Kretzschmar)


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