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Ben Iota ‘Born Free’

Release Code: BTM009
Release Date: 8 June 2013
Format: CD + MP3

Tracklisting

1. It Represents Freedom
2. Born 'Free' Feat Janey Housego
3. You Can Feel It
4. Iota
5. 1,2,1,2
6. Guerilla Journalist
7. More Than Just Words Feat Visionz, Motion, Mesha & Social Change
8. From The Middle Of The Cosmic Soup
9. Iota K21 Remix

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“Born Free” is the debut solo EP from seasoned MC Ben Iota (AKA Bornski) from Adroit Effusive. Produced and arranged by upcoming Producer Matchless Gift the EP features Janey Housego, Visionz, Motion, Mesha and Social Change with co-production by Funkwig, cuts by DJ Snair and a remix by K21.

Inspired by Ben Iota’s recent history studying and living in a developing country, alongside the manifest production of Matchless Gift, this release explores the theme of freedom, or lack there of, and is a narrative of the search for an alternative to the homogeny and trappings of western society. Inquiry and exploration underpins “Born Free”.

The production by Matchless Gift is his finest work to date, demonstrating his grasp on both Western and Eastern musical forms, with both feet firmly in Hip Hop territory. Putting the mic down for this release and concentrating on the production, Matchless has orchestrated a soundscape that is eclectic, yet congruent. It utilises samples, live instrumentation, MPC, Moog, keyboards, and movie grabs, instinctively fusing Psych/Prog Rock, Folk, Industrial, Soul, Hard Rock, Indian and Middle-Eastern sounds. The result is a slick and at times quirky collection of hard-hitting Hip Hop beats.

The lyrics on “Born Free” are inquisitive, stemming from Ben Iota’s fascination with the human condition, and the desire to explore. The title track ‘Born Free’ featuring Janey Housego, is an analogy of Ben’s travels both mentally and geographically, and is backed by a heavy Matchless Gift soundtrack. It documents the personal endeavour to discover freedom by expanding the mind and exploring the world; finding peace of mind, putting things into perspective and gaining a fresh lease for life. The realisation of the magic in the present moment (‘You Can Feel It’), the need to seek out truths amidst the conditioning of the mass media (‘Guerilla Journalist’), and the search for a better way in the midst of the current human condition (‘Iota’) are complimented by a stream-of-consciousness banger (1, 2, 1, 2) and rounded out by a posse track with some of Adelaide’s most diligent emcees (‘More Than Just Words’ featuring Visionz, Motion, Mesha and Social Change).

A testament to both the dedication to the craft of Hip Hop and an open, inquisitive mind, “Born Free” is entirely recorded, produced and mixed at Matchless Gift’s studio in Adelaide with mastering handled by Disk Edit. Artwork by Social Change and photography by Will Freeland and Jonathan VDK, K21 from Golden Era Records has also contributed a remix of the lead single “Iota”.

"Born Free" is available digitally through iTunes and Bandcamp and on CD through Butterthief and select music retailers.

Production Credits

Written and Performed by Ben Iota
Track 2 Written and Performed by Ben Iota & Janey Housego
Track 7 Written and Performed by Ben Iota, Visionz, Motion, Mesha & Social Change
Produced and Arranged by Matchless Gift
Track 3 and Track 7 Co-Produced by Funkwig
Scratches on Track 7 by DJ Snair
Additional Vocals on Track 5 by Janey Housego
Recorded by Matchless Gift at The Boat
Mixed by Matchless Gift and Craig Lewis
Mastered and Manufactured by Disk Edits
Photography by WillFreeland.com and JonathanVDK.com
Design by Joseph “Social Change” deMaria for ReflectCreativity.com

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CD $15.00http://butterthief.bigcartel.com/product/ben-iota-born-free-cd
BANDCAMPhttp://beniota.bandcamp.com/album/born-free
iTUNEShttps://itunes.apple.com/au/album/born-free/id658880898