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Dreastronaut
November 10, 2011 by Jeff

Pleased to announce our 2nd 7inch vinyl release this fall, the 4 track EP from Dreas off his 'Dreastronaut' album. The record is packaged in a hand-stamped cardboard sleeve and is strictly limited to 250 copies for the world.

After a successful 2011 saw digital releases from Lastchild and Rift Napalm/Meaty Ogre, the EP, full length & 7inch from Qwazaar & Batsauce and now the Dreastronaut CD & 7inch EP, we have much more in store for the coming year of 2012... next on the horizon is Robust's follow up to his G4 debut, entitled 'Fillin' In The Potholes', due out in Spring 2012. There are also several more releases already in the works, stay tuned for more info...

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Bat Meets Blaine & Dreastronaut...
September 30, 2011 by Jefe

The Qwazaar & Batsauce 'Bat Meets Blaine' album is rolling strong, and we've just received the brand new 7inch release with 2 tracks from the album, 'I Know' & 'Til It's Done'. It's the 1st G4 vinyl release in way too long, so those who've been asking, go out and grab it! You can buy yours here.

Some key interviews & reviews have popped up with more on the horizon... if you're still sleeping, check out what the people have been saying, and read some insightful interviews with Qwa & Bat:

Impose Magazine Reviews Bat Meets Blaine
Ruby Hornet Feature
Ruby Hornet Interview
Joel @ Shut Your Fucking Face And Listen gives it some shine
Centerstage Chicago Interview
Kevin Beacham's Fifth Element Blog Review

Next up for G4 is the head nodding full length from Heardrums' label owner & longtime G4 cohort, Dreas, entitled 'Dreastronaut'. It drops on October 18th, 2011. Peep out the info below:

‘Dreastronaut’, the new album from Heardrums label owner & long-time G4 cohort extends out past the normal samples, production styles, and concepts and takes the listeners someplace otherworldly. Not taking the time to sit down and listen to the album in its entirety is a missed opportunity to experience an important component of this sound collage. The end result is a uniquely upbeat soundscape with vibrant scenes of varying emotion and movement surrounded by clouds of opiate laced mood music.

Standout tracks: "Love Strain", which is somewhat reminiscent of Star Slinger’s more modern soul influenced hip-hop beats, "Time Out Of Joint" with Dreas’ crisp drum sounds alongside pitched down vocal samples a la Clams Casino, "Michiana Noise" which combines campfire sounds and lush orchestral samples to create a stimulating sonic environment, and "Island Grey" whose punchy drums, deep bass, and subtle sounds of the Atlantic Ocean form a chillwave winner.

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Too Much Fashion, Not Enough Smashin...
August 11, 2011 by Jefe

Coming soon from Galapagos4...

G40055 Qwazaar & Batsauce 'Bat Meets Blaine'
CD & digital out Sept 13
7inch coming soon...

Qwazaar & Batsauce follow up their masterful Style Be The King EP (2011, Fifth Element/Galapagos4) with a 14-track juggernaut entitled Bat Meets Blaine. The record is an absolute rarity, a series of inspired sessions from a world-class MC & producer team at the height of their respective powers. Batsauce provides ambidextrous backdrops that are as multilayered as they are strident, while Qwazaar simply astonishes, baring his soul while performing near-impossible lyrical feats. It’s a record all true heads should cop and that all lab scientists can envy.

At this point in his career, Qwa’s pedigree is unquestionable. South Side representative extraordinaire; Low End theorist; endlessly inventive with flows and increasingly daring in subject and range. Long hailed for his vocal ability, the decades have seen Qwa transform into the rare artist whose symphonic flow is effortlessly matched to pitch-perfect confessional content. The moments that meld both into a unique storytelling voice are rare—Rakim’s "The Ghetto" comes to mind, as do Black Thought’s post-bop excursions. Qwa’s true corollary, however, aren’t his fellow MCs—it’s Charlie Parker, whose wrenching solos feature a technical genius that are only matched by their sorrow—the sound of Icarus’ wings melting. He’s found his proper spar this go-round—Batsauce is a Berlin-based turntable Gillespie (URB recently dubbed him "the next ‘it’ thing in…underground hip hop"), and their first full-length is a true titanic, trans-Atlantic meeting of the minds. Tasteful guest shots only augment the chemistry: Denizen Kane, Onry Ozzborn, Offwhyte, KP the Ilustrado of The Pacifics, Lady Daisey, and DJ Bizkid round out a stellar supporting cast.

Bird once famously said, "If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn." Bat Meets Blaine is a record of tremendous vitality and reach—Chicago, LA, Jacksonville, and Berlin are a part of its geographic DNA. It numbers several underground classics (Typical Cats, Walk Through Walls, Suicide Prevention, etc.) as its bona-fide predecessors. Its progenitors have earned accolades and stripes and props in print and in person. But most importantly, it has been soaked in rum and in the river, and it has emerged as a testament to pain and power, and it plays beautifully. Bird and Diz, meet Bat and Blaine.[1]

[1]For cats who don’t know nothing about nothing, peep Bird and Diz (Clef, 1952). Get your weight up, suckas!

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Style Be The Master...
July 4, 2011 by Jefe

G4 is proud to annouce the new 'Style Be The King' EP from Qwazaar & Batsauce. The EP is a prelude (with all different tracks) to the upcoming 'Bat Meets Blaine' full length dropping in September on Galapagos4.

'Style Be The King' is available on digital format only from G4, and CDs are available exclusively through our friends at Fifth Element in Minneapolis at their shop (2411 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55405) & online at http://FifthElementOnline.com

Batsauce provides 9 tracks laced with heavy soul and striking melody that are soundly capable of capturing the intended emotion. Qwazaar once again proves without a doubt that he is an extremely skilled MC and expert in his craft. Of course, he was blessed with a captivating and powerful voice, combined with his impeccable rhythm and flawless delivery, all make for a lethal combination. That's all before getting to what many consider his greatest asset, the lyrics! Qwazaar comes with a wide range of topics, moods, & styles, all of which are tackled with conviction and passion. Also, you can catch more news coverage of Qwa on our Blackbook page!

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Aint no party like a G4 party...
June 6, 2011 by Jefe

It's going down once again... July 1st @ Reggie's in Chicago, G4 Mid-Summer Party featuring Qwel & Maker (back from conquering Europe once again on the Owl tour), Qwazaar (celebrating the release of his 'Style Be The King' EP on CD from Fifth Element and on digital from G4), Rift Napalm (fresh off the 'Closure' EP release with Meaty Ogre... finally...), Robust (showcasing the new crew Old Irving, with Bigga on the mic and Pore & Max on dual MPCs) & He.llsent (returning home from Cali after ripping a few shows and working on new material with Outerlimitz & otherwise)... also opening up will be the homie Mad C of The Morlocks who is about to open some minds up... look out for him in the near future...

So nuff said, 17+ $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Friday night. Summertime. Hit the lake and then head down State street to Reggie's to get buck wit' us...

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