A Bad Habit is a hip-hop album in a jazz format; or perhaps it is the inverse. Combining samplers, synths, and turntables with live drums (Zach Hash) and alto saxophone (Lucas Desmond), a hybrid sound is forged that proves innovative while venerating the different musical traditions that it builds upon. In the often-attempted genre of hip-hop/jazz fusion, this album sets itself apart by building the instrumentation around the samples, rather than vice versa. Systemaddict explains, “I wanted the arrangement to maintain a strong jazz aesthetic without watering down the hip-hop and electronic elements.”
Originally scheduled for release in 2008, A Bad Habit was shelved by a now-defunct label due to sample licensing issues, and then self-released in 2010. Having never received any promotion, Systemaddict learned video editing over the past year and created a video series with seven selections from the album. He elaborates, “It was a bit of luck. I ended up with a laptop that had Premiere installed on it, and started playing around with it. Next thing I knew I had three videos and was making plans for a stop-motion animation. It got out of control quickly.”
The videos mirror the music with quick cuts and playful speed variation. While two of the videos in the series feature original footage, the majority use material from the public domain such as Superman cartoons (1941), Reefer Madness (1936), the Fast and the Furious (1955), and other sources. This adds to the congruency with the sample-heavy music it accompanies, as both the audio and visual are repurposed collage.
Systemaddict has a new album scheduled for release this fall.
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