Subtle is a band that’s even harder to classify than the Anti-Pop Consortium. It took me ages just to track down any kind of information about the group, let alone a track that I can stream for you. If you don’t believe me just try googling for “Subtle hip hop” or anything along those lines.
For the un-initiated, Subtle is a group based out of Oakland that has pretty close ties to anticon, an indie label that has a history of releasing all kinds of abstract hip hop.
According to SeattlePI, they’re a pretty extraordinary sight live. Here’s what they had to say:
In independent hip-hop, Subtle is about the closest thing there is to psychedelic music. Band members perform with eerie mannequins, they write songs about getting brainwashed, they paint their faces black and white — now they’ve entered into the great tradition of laser dome bands.
This particular live performance involved a whole laser show, which in and of itself sounds pretty awesome. The headman of the group, Adam Drucker a.k.a. Doseone is also a part owner of the anticon label. He’s been all over the place too, getting more into visual art and other non-music media.
Subtle is only sometimes, very vaguely hip hop. But they’re an interesting group nonetheless, and you should check them out to see if you’re interested.
Here’s a track titled “I heart LA”
For those of you on the West Coast, Subtle will be in Seattle on May 10 at the Nectar Lounge. For those of you on the East Coast, they’ll be in Toronto performing at Sneaky Dee’s on May 19th.