Spore Attic

Smyth

“'Spore Attic' is a debut album that already feels like a victory lap." — Donny Morrison

Smyth conceived Spore Attic in an attic in Eugene, OR two years ago. He’s since moved to Portland, but a million revisions and excursions to the record store later, Spore Attic survives as both a place in his mind and a metaphor for the brains that bless the best art into being—a place where lunch is served gross, the record bins are bottomless, and the best of Oregon’s rap and jazz players bury themselves under dust bunnies and grody wall fungus. They’re eating trail mix with no M&Ms, playing hot-potato with the mic during a 40-minute game of Madlibs.

The Portland producer-rapper, also known as DJ Spinitch, has already released a handful of beat tapes and an EP with fellow MC Este. He’s an integral member of the Breakfast Boys Leisure League collective and was formerly associated with the Illaquips hip-hop ensemble at University of Oregon. His tentacles reach deep into the young Oregon jazz and rap scenes, and here he rubs elbows with some of the best players in the state—rappers Brax, Speno, Este, Raf and Slick Devious; jazz musicians like trumpeter Tony Glausi, saxophonist Chris Casaceli, bassist Ian Michael Lindsay, and guitarists Luke Broadbent and Keenan Dorn.

Smyth is the wild-eyed Bugs Bunny at the front of it all. His flow is locked-in, precise, easygoing, and confident. He raps with a palpable smile on his face, and he sounds like he has nowhere to be and nothing to prove. He’s stoned off the cryptic soul food of Stones Throw and the epic shit-talk of the Golden Age, and though he aspires to the local stature of Ramblin’ Rod Anders (if you’re not from Portland…) rather than godhood, he has the same mix of outsized confidence and keen curatorial spark that made Kanye the hottest artist in the world. “Shrink Rap” warns young rappers against following label-ordained trends, but Smyth isn’t some oldhead grousing about lil’ somethings. He just knows some of the best rap happens when smart kids get together and shoot the shit, trying to find the flyest way to talk about their own awesomeness and prove it in the process.

“Portland’s crazy for records,” a voice deep in the mix on "Sweet Nothings" advises us. Smyth refuses to tell us the source of that sample or the dozens of others he uses on this no-budget affair, but the air throughout the album is thick with low-slung, stoned jazz and gossamer R&B, intercut with an aggressive scratching style and sharp drums that kick up dust when they hit. That the only sample he’ll reveal (on “Shrink Rap”) comes from featured artist Tony Glausi and his Nine-Piece Band speaks to both the mischief and tight camaraderie we hear on this album. For all the voices we hear on Spore Attic, the impression is ultimately of a hive mind working in unison—an aggregate organism, a colony, a clump of fungi growing in a musty corner of some Oregon attic waiting to seed your mind with weird-ass ideas.
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Smyth conceived Spore Attic in an attic in Eugene, OR two years ago. He’s since moved to Portland, but a million revisions and excursions to the record store later, Spore Attic survives as both a place in his mind and a metaphor for the brains that bless the best art into being—a place where lunch is served gross, the record bins are bottomless, and the best of Oregon’s rap and jazz players bury themselves under dust bunnies and grody wall fungus. They’re eating trail mix with no M&Ms, playing hot-potato with the mic during a 40-minute game of Madlibs.

The Portland producer-rapper, also known as DJ Spinitch, has already released a handful of beat tapes and an EP with fellow MC Este. He’s an integral member of the Breakfast Boys Leisure League collective and was formerly associated with the Illaquips hip-hop ensemble at University of Oregon. His tentacles reach deep into the young Oregon jazz and rap scenes, and here he rubs elbows with some of the best players in the state—rappers Brax, Speno, Este, Raf and Slick Devious; jazz musicians like trumpeter Tony Glausi, saxophonist Chris Casaceli, bassist Ian Michael Lindsay, and guitarists Luke Broadbent and Keenan Dorn.

Smyth is the wild-eyed Bugs Bunny at the front of it all. His flow is locked-in, precise, easygoing, and confident. He raps with a palpable smile on his face, and he sounds like he has nowhere to be and nothing to prove. He’s stoned off the cryptic soul food of Stones Throw and the epic shit-talk of the Golden Age, and though he aspires to the local stature of Ramblin’ Rod Anders (if you’re not from Portland…) rather than godhood, he has the same mix of outsized confidence and keen curatorial spark that made Kanye the hottest artist in the world. “Shrink Rap” warns young rappers against following label-ordained trends, but Smyth isn’t some oldhead grousing about lil’ somethings. He just knows some of the best rap happens when smart kids get together and shoot the shit, trying to find the flyest way to talk about their own awesomeness and prove it in the process.

“Portland’s crazy for records,” a voice deep in the mix on "Sweet Nothings" advises us. Smyth refuses to tell us the source of that sample or the dozens of others he uses on this no-budget affair, but the air throughout the album is thick with low-slung, stoned jazz and gossamer R&B, intercut with an aggressive scratching style and sharp drums that kick up dust when they hit. That the only sample he’ll reveal (on “Shrink Rap”) comes from featured artist Tony Glausi and his Nine-Piece Band speaks to both the mischief and tight camaraderie we hear on this album. For all the voices we hear on Spore Attic, the impression is ultimately of a hive mind working in unison—an aggregate organism, a colony, a clump of fungi growing in a musty corner of some Oregon attic waiting to seed your mind with weird-ass ideas.
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Crowdfunding
$ 22.00
Finished
102/100
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Format
12” Black vinyl (33 rpm)

Caution: Vinyl mockups and specs may differ from the final product. Qrates is not responsible if the final product does not match expectations.
Digital download bonus
You can download digital version of tracks after vinyl purchased.
Crowdfunding project
This funding project accepts orders during its project period and you will be charged once the project succeeds. The project period may be shortened or extended depending on the situation.
Project duration
Aug 15 2019 ~ Sep 18 2019 00:00 UTC
Estimated shipping date
Records are shipped typically 2-3 months from the project’s end date once after the project has successfully ended.
* Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on any schedule changes at the pressing plant and the artist’s ability to submit production assets.
Shipping
From Michigan/US to United States

With tracking : $ 6.00~+ $ 1.15 per each additional copies

Tracks

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ASide

1.
Spore Attic (ft. Raf)
Smyth
01:26
2.
Yo SpiNitch!
Smyth
02:29
3.
Burnt Toast (ft. Este)
Smyth
02:38
4.
Sweet Nothings (ft. DJ food stamp)
Smyth
03:06
5.
Saliva
Smyth
04:50
6.
Ink (ft. Ian Michael Lindsay & DJ food stamp)
Smyth
03:38

BSide

1.
Dirt (ft. DJ food stamp & Slick Devious)
Smyth
04:47
2.
Shrink Rap (ft. DJ food stamp)
Smyth
04:06
3.
Know Escape (ft. Este) : Raf & Wynnerlude
Smyth
03:28
4.
Reverie (ft. SB the Moor & Eve Goldman)
Smyth
03:14
5.
Blessed (ft. Speno, Brax, Ian Michael Lindsay & Raf)
Smyth
06:03
Crowdfunding
$ 22.00
Finished
102/100
Back now
Format
12” Black vinyl (33 rpm)

Caution: Vinyl mockups and specs may differ from the final product. Qrates is not responsible if the final product does not match expectations.
Digital download bonus
You can download digital version of tracks after vinyl purchased.
Crowdfunding project
This funding project accepts orders during its project period and you will be charged once the project succeeds. The project period may be shortened or extended depending on the situation.
Project duration
Aug 15 2019 ~ Sep 18 2019 00:00 UTC
Estimated shipping date
Records are shipped typically 2-3 months from the project’s end date once after the project has successfully ended.
* Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on any schedule changes at the pressing plant and the artist’s ability to submit production assets.
Shipping
From Michigan/US to United States

With tracking : $ 6.00~+ $ 1.15 per each additional copies

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Portland, OR
Smyth is a PDX born-and-raised producer, emcee and DJ. He has released numerous albums and played hundreds of shows up-and-down the west coast. His latest LP, Spore Attic, is his current opus, showcasing dexterity in both production and rhyming ingenuity. The album is entirely produced by Smyth and integrates many features from his talented network of artists in-and-around Portland.

His primary objective is to make the best music he can possibly make, while ensuring to learn as much as possible and evolve unwaveringly. With a span of influences that stretches from Booker T. & the M.G.'s to Minnie Riperton to Aesop Rock, Smyth has a truly unique melting pot of inspiration in which he dips his ladle. With a promising debut under his belt, and collaborations with many of Portland's brightest talents and beyond, Smyth has no place to go except in the direction of ascension.

Smyth has been featured in the Daily Emerald, KWVA, Ethos Magazine, the Just A Moment podcast, the New Music Monday podcast, etc., and has graced stages such as WOW Hall, Secret Society, Kelly's Olympian, Naked Lounge, Willamette Valley Music Festival, and more.
Smyth is a PDX born-and-raised producer, emcee and DJ. He has released numerous albums and played hundreds of shows up-and-down the west coast. His latest LP, Spore Attic, is his current opus, showcasing dexterity in both production and rhyming ingenuity. The album is entirely produced by Smyth and integrates many features from his talented network of artists in-and-around Portland.

His primary objective is to make the best music he can possibly make, while ensuring to learn as much as possible and evolve unwaveringly. With a span of influences that stretches from Booker T. & the M.G.'s to Minnie Riperton to Aesop Rock, Smyth has a truly unique melting pot of inspiration in which he dips his ladle. With a promising debut under his belt, and collaborations with many of Portland's brightest talents and beyond, Smyth has no place to go except in the direction of ascension.

Smyth has been featured in the Daily Emerald, KWVA, Ethos Magazine, the Just A Moment podcast, the New Music Monday podcast, etc., and has graced stages such as WOW Hall, Secret Society, Kelly's Olympian, Naked Lounge, Willamette Valley Music Festival, and more.

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