On a balmy, summer day that topped 80 degrees in The Bronx, Audible Doctor’s new EP, The Summer Tape, arrived at a most appropriate time. This companion EP to his previously released The Winter Tape is the second EP of four to be released, which makes me wonder what happened to The Spring Tape. Winter, spring, summer, fall? Isn’t that the usual order of things? But that’s okay, because Audible Doctor doesn’t have to explain himself. This doctor of musical medicine has produced seven brand new tracks that you can bump in your ride, navigating the rough and tumble NYC streets, while your other, less-in-the-know friends still bump “Picasso Baby.”
There are actually eight tracks on The Summer Tape, if you count the Homeboy Sandman/ Del The Funky Homosapien collabo that‘s exclusive to the cassette version.
That’s right. I said, CASSETTE.
So, in addition to the digital release, Audible Doctor has teamed up with Fat Beats Records to serve up The Summer Tape on a limited edition translucent green cassette. Whoa! I may have to do some digging to retrieve my old cassette clock radio from 1991 that exists only because I still have a significant cassette collection that I refuse to part with.
Anyway, in addition to producing all of The Summer Tape, Audible Doctor gets busy on the mic as well, spitting a few bars alongside contributions from an impressive assortment of guests including Oddisee, Hassaan Mackey, Guilty Simpson, Edo G, Kurious, Chaundon, Francesca & Davenport Grimes.
A founding member of the Brown Bag AllStars collective, Audible Doctor has delivered a bevy of head nodding productions over the last few years including one of my favorite tracks of 2012, Onyx’s “Belly of The Beast.” Both as a group, in concert with other members and individually, Audible Doctor and the Brown Bag crew continue to drop a myriad of hard-hitting, skillful and enjoyable music. The Summer Tape is no different.
Check out the Audible Doctor website to purchase and download The Summer Tape, and go to Fat Beats to purchase the cassette which contains The Winter Tape on the B-side, and go to Amazon to buy a portable cassette player.
You know you want one.