Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Clutchy Hopkins

Until today I had no idea of the mystery that surrouds the man who produced this amazing funk-jazz hip-hopesque music. I came across a mini documentary and a sightings video on You Tube over on The Perlich Post and after watching them, I can't say I'm any the wiser as to who he is...but it's well worth watching and is posted below.

Is this a great piece of advertising? Or is it for real? I dunno...but I wish more musicians would create such a mystery around themselves, as opposed to getting as much media attention as possible. People have their theories, with ideas ranging from Madlib to a wandering vagabond.

As for the music? Well I've only heard 'Walking Backwards' thus far, but much of the record has an eerie, dark quality to it and feels like night time or a dense fog descending on a harbour, that contains allsorts of evil and you can't help but look. Whilst other moments will take you back to funk greats like The Meters.

I've posted a sample from 'Walking Backwards', which can be heard in full on You Tube and also the Spotify link to 'The Life of Clutchy Hopkins'. Clutchy has also worked with MF DOOM on an album called 'MF Doom Meets Clutchy Hopkins', which apparently was a promo CD given away with copies of 'The Life of...' In addition to this he has released 3 more collabos...2 with Shawn Lee and one with Lord Kenjamin.

Anyway, watch the videos below, buy his albums and make up your own mind. I promise you won't be disappointed!





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