- The fifth record in the Crane City Music collection (See the whole collection)
- Only one pressing of 750 copies, released on October 12, 2018. Once these are sold out, they’re gone for good
- Two records for the price of one: The solo debut from THEESatisfaction’s Stas Thee Boss backed with EDM star Chong The Nomad’s first EP
- Pressed on 140g spattered vinyl in multiple colors, each copy is individually numbered
- Reversible cover design by Seattle artist Jennifer Campbell
- Specially mastered for vinyl by Adam Straney (BreakPoint Mastering)
This split LP from Seattle hip-hop label Crane City Music provides two entry points into that city’s flourishing underground hip-hop scene. It’s two records for the price of one! S’WOMEN is the highly-anticipated solo debut from THEESatisfaction’s Stas THEE Boss, while Love Memo is a runaway EP success from EDM wunderkind Chong The Nomad. Both artists are producers, singers, beatmakers and queer women of color creating distinctive music that expands our very definitions of genre.
This split vinyl is the fifth record in the Crane City Music collection, a library of the hottest recent hip-hop albums from the Pacific Northwest on wax. (See the whole collection here.) Each project has amassed a wealth of accolades and album-of-the-year nods from national and local publications such as Pitchfork, Tom Tom magazine, Earmilk, The Seattle Times, KEXP radio, and The Stranger. Chicago’s Dusty Groove Records praises the split vinyl, citing “hypnotic, abstract hip-hop vibe, moody beatcraft, insistent beats, and vocal samples… It’s solid all the way.” Seattle Weekly calls this release “a perfect pairing.”
Chong The Nomad’s Love Memo landed “2018 Record of The Year” acclaim from The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger and radio stations KEXP and 107.7 The End. In their review, The Stranger praised Chong The Nomad’s techniques of live-sampling ukulele and beat-box harmonica, alongside “heavy funk beats, marbles-scrambling bass frequencies, and torqued distortion… Holy shit.” NYC’s Tom Tom magazine says that “multi-instrumentalist and producer Chong the Nomad is shaping the future of dance music.”
Pitchfork called Stas Thee Boss’s S’WOMEN a “sharp solo debut doused in heartbreak and identity.” She subtitles the record, “an aquatic explanation of failed female companionships.” Most songs are dense 120-second pops. French chefs have a name for their tiny, tasty morsels: “amuse-bouche” or “entertaining to the mouth.” Let’s call these songs “amuse-oreille” because they greatly entertain the ears… They’re little explosions of audio delight.
The first pressing of Love Memo & S’WOMEN is limited to 750 individually numbered copies. Every record is a different color with spatter accents.
“A sharp solo debut doused in heartbreak and identity.” – Pitchfork
“Intricately crafted experiments and unavoidably catchy. Two mad scientists crafting cohesive, avant-garde pop music.” – EarMilk
“Multi-instrumentalist and producer Chong the Nomad is shaping the future of dance music.” – Tom Tom magazine
“Heavy beats, marble-scrambling bass, torqued funk distortion… Holy shit” – The Stranger