Double K of People Under The Stairs working on a new SP-1200 Project

On the one hand we were surprised to hear about a collab between PUTS producer/emcee Double K and Redefinition Records, but on the other hand the combination is more than logical. It’s a match made in heaven: a mutual passion for hip hop, killer productions reminiscent of old school beats, and both managed with an independent DIY ethic that’s extremely respectworthy. 

On Redef’s Instagram we noticed Double K is busy working on an SP-1200 project. No other details have been shared yet, but according to the caption the release is “Coming Soon.” And apparently more collabs with Double K and Thes One are in the pipeline, as Redef mentions affiliated designer Joe Buck is working on an artwork for “one of the next PUTS collabs.”

For those not too familiar with hardware: the SP-1200 is a drum machine and sampler released by E-mu in 1987. Known for a warm and gritty sound, the SP-1200 became the tool of choice for many (East Coast) beatmakers in the golden era of hip hop. Resulting in classic productions for the likes of Beastie Boys, Main Source, Nas, EPMD, Public Enemy, Gang Starr,  De La Soul, Lootpack, and the list goes on and on and on. Like journalist Ben Detrick beautifully puts it, the SP-1200 is “The Dirty Heartbeat of the Golden Age.”

Alright, enough with the fanboyism, we’re just super psyched about this one. Till then, you can get People Under The Stairs’ 3-part EP series The Getting Off Stage as cassette tape, vinyl, and free download on their website. Step 2 is dropping on vinyl soon.

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