Philly's Nouveau Riche's debut EP has been described as a "lo-fi, trippy, dub-rock-hop thing, poppy and piano-filled, buzzing and super fragmented — like a fuzz-tone, hip-hop version of Bowie's Low. Or a Just Blaze mix of a Psychedelic Furs record." Bandmember Dice R.A.W. (also of the Roots) describes their music as "a new genre that's yet to be named. We're taking a whole bunch of different forms of music and people and meshing them together. It's hip-hop's son. If hip-hop, funk, early-'80s synthesizer-if all those motherfuckers had an orgy, that's what this shit would be."
Hip Hop's son. I really don't know how to put it any better.
It's not as crazy as you think, though--it's less a weird demon-child of genres than it is a perfectly balanced baby. It's as though someone took the best genes from three genres, incubated & hatched it. It goes down easy. The baby sounds damn good.
Nouveau Riche mp3s:
Just a Little Louder
Take Me Home
Wait a Minute
Own the 12-song EP.