Lead Time

by The TroubleShooters

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Regis Murphy
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Regis Murphy Both Mikal kHill and int80 of Dual Core are geniuses, so the two together on a project guarantees to blow minds. This EP us simply perfect -- not a millisecond of anything less than extraordinary. The chemistry (if you will) between kHill and int80 is so natural you'd think they'd been doing this as a group for years.
The lyrical mastery each exhibit in this release is well above standard, or even upper level. Their flow, individually and in combination is astounding.
I've long admired Mikal kHill's strength at crafting and delivering killer verse, but I'm not sure he gets enough credit for his beat production. Y'all, these beats are FIRE. Production by cecilnick is spot on (as usual) too. Favorite track: Lead Time.
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CynCS These guys were meant to write/rap together. The flow is fantastic. I am glad that airplanes and internets exist to make this possible. Favorite track: The Dull Futility of Everything.
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awhull Two amazing nerdcore artists have come together to create an amazing album together. Favorite track: The Dull Futility of Everything.
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"The TroubleShooters started like all other music projects for me: Emails are exchanged, beats are uploaded, lyrics are written, etc. But then we took a slightly different approach of hopping on Hangouts to discuss song ideas and composition. We also simultaneously wrote lyrics in shared docs so that we could play off the other person's parts. This gave TroubleShooters a more cohesive feel in creating the music. To complete the project, I flew to Mikal's house in the mountains of North Carolina and we spent hours in his frigid basement recording and creating new songs. There I was wearing all my layers of clothes from my suitcase, clutching my laptop's power supply trying to stay warm; while Mikal was in a t-shirt and khakis drinking a Juan Collins like he was on vacation. Truly, this EP nearly drove me to insanity." -int80

"There was a point one night after we had finished tracking vocals that we decided to play Tecmo Bowl for NES. I was incredibly hammered and never figured out how to pass and 80 beat me... his score was in excess of 100 points and mine was zero." -kHill


released April 11, 2017

All vocals by int80 and Mikal kHill.
Outro on "Dull Futility" & all turntable cuts by c64.
Beats by Mikal kHill.
Post-production, mixing, and mastering by cecilnick of Autocorrect.
Cover art by Maria Morales.



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