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Mike Tyler: Money Grows On Your Knees

Single release: Money Grows On Your Knees by Mike Tyler
Release date: 16 April 2013
Label: The Art Can Not Be Damaged
Listen: on official site 

Out April 16th on The Art Can Not Be Damaged

‘It’s worth forgiving this gratuitous double entendre. There’s something of Lou Reed’s deadpan style and the flippancy of Jonathan Richman.’ – Bloomberg, 4/5 

From the album Erection, that sparked euphemistic reviews across a wide variety of the press - from indie tastemakers, to global news networks to porn mags - Mike Tyler presents the new single Money Grows On Your Knees featuring brand new B-side Corny Song

Mike Tyler is a poet and musician from the New York City tradition of Lou Reed, mentored in a bar by the American poet Delmore Schwartz, Patti Smith and Tom Verlaine of Television. All of Mike’s tracks are produced by BL’EVE – an artist with a scope of production ranging from artists like Wyclef Jean to Maino.

“I believe the sound of popular music is the sound of mutts barking; frictions, and strange conglomerations, mistaken identifications, and odd-ball pairings. Not Yin and Yang but Wham and Bam!” explains the man himself in that inimitably quirky way that earned him a running guest column for the 405.  

Stand out moments of Mike Tyler’s career were catalysed by his way with words. Banksy stencilled his words “only the ridiculous survive” outside of London’s Paddington Station, while Beck fell under his charismatic spell when honing his song writing craft. He became known as The Most Dangerous Poet in America after breaking his arm during a reading, and his poem “The Most Beautiful Word in the American Language” is on people’s Facebook walls, MySpace pages, and blogs, not to mention fridge doors.

On his new offering, Tyler says:

"My new single is such a lopsided seductive beast. Deep deep bass with a pop frosting and a growling lead yawp. It can be kind of sweet in places and then a dungeon-door-slamming-echoed-thud takes over; a contradiction in tones. It's the boiled pot of the gumbo stew of black and white that is America; greed and innocence, joy and exhausted hustle. Might explain why we decided the packaging of the single would include an actual puzzle.

The B-side Corny Song I wrote when I came back from London where we had a great reception for my album Erection, and the first single, Stuttering Song II. We did a gig at a space that at the same time had a show up of classic sex-film posters. Um, yeah! It felt "corny" how right everything went and great the night played. How the UK crowd seemed to understand what we were doing; even though it must have seemed well, different. Sometimes even a New Yorker, used to the hassling vibe of the dirty uphill climb, can accept something going just about perfectly. How corny!”

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New single from Mike Delinquent Project featuring KCAT and Mikill Pane

Single release: Mama said by Mike Delinquent Project
Release date: 3 February 2013
Label: Champion 

Mama Said from Mike Delinquent Project follows hot on the heels of previous singles Step In The Dance and Party's Over Here, with another heavy hitting collaboration. The new single features long-time collaborator KCAT (pronounced as ’Cat’) plus man of the moment Mikill Pane.

Mama Said retains elements of the UK Garage sound that Mike's best known for and combines a bouncy bassline with rolling breakbeat-driven beats, also with hint of dub influence in there too. KCAT's impressive story-telling vocal floats perfectly over Mike's beats, whilst Mikill Pane's unique flow and engaging lyrics lament the experiences of being a young tearaway, and knowing the value of parental advice.

Mikill Pane is fast becoming the nation’s favourite modern hip-hop artist and is no stranger to the limelight. His EP earlier this year saw him collaborating with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Example and Paloma Faith, whilst his current Dirty Rider EP via Mercury Records sees him team up with Rizzle Kicks; lead single Dirty Rider has been supported extensively by the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Mistajam on Radio 1. Fresh off the back of the festival season this year, where he headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, he jumped straight back onstage to join Rizzle Kicks on their UK Tour.

North London singer-song writer KCAT (pronounced as “Cat”) is currently touring venues in the UK, particularly the north of England as its thriving house and bass scene not only demands her previous UK Top 20 hit ’My Destiny’ but new material also. KCAT continues to pick up impressive specialist radio plays as she approaches 2013.

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Mike Tyler: debut UK release, 'Erection'

Album release: Erection by Mike Tyler
Release date: 20 August 2012
Label: The Art Can Not Be Damaged 
Listen: http://erectionerection.com/home.html 

Mike Tyler is a celebrated non-academic, post-beat poet and musician in the American tradition. Erection is his second album, creatively processed more like a novel than a recording. There is an incredible control over the work, with subtle musical innuendos and effects, as well as an incomparable sense of humour throughout. Conversational Spanish has a false ending similar to Bacharach/David's The Look of Love, the song Man Alone is in, of course, mono, and entertainingly facile lyrics like "I'd like to throw a pie in the face of remorseless piety" and "I was standin' by a Wilson Picket fence at 'bout the midnight hour" crop up album wide.

A recurrent theme of this record is a feeling of discovery and understanding, as if it’s laying a sympathetic palm on your shoulder and saying "There there. There there!" There’s something comforting in an understanding that comes across as understanding itself. When he first met his producer Bl’EVE this was exemplified; different backgrounds, different musical tastes, but an incredible feeling of shared understanding.

Erection is a record about the feeling when you are over something that has broken you up. Your heart has healed but it has reformed jaggedly. The sadness of the blues is connected with the success of rock 'n' roll. This sets it apart from ISM (one of Mike’s own idiom creations meaning "Incredibly Sad Music" usually characterised by a back and forth of romantic wailing and a more modernist hard-edged disdain). Felt's Lawrence, a cult hero of jangly "ISM" (bands Girls and Real Estate both refer to him) is a major influence for Mike Tyler. As is the secretive poetic narrative of rock ‘n’ roll. He says:

"From the blues forward it has been as much about words as the music. Even an instrumental guitar track like Wipe Out would be nothing without, well, “ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, wipe out.” It can be a condensed language, it can be cryptic, it can be repetitive and rhythmic, yeah that’s right it’s poetry."

Mike came from the New York City tradition of Lou Reed, mentored in a bar by the American poet Delmore Schwartz (who wanted poets to be as famous as baseball players), Patti Smith (a poet first) and Tom Verlaine of Television. Stand out moments of Mike Tyler’s career were catalysed by his way with words. Banksy stencilled his words “only the ridiculous survive” outside of London’s Paddington Station, while Beck fell under his charismatic spell while honing his songwriting craft. He became known as "The Most Dangerous Poet in America" after breaking his arm during a reading and his poem "The Most Beautiful Word in the American Language" is on people’s Facebook walls, MySpace pages, and blogs, not to mention fridge doors.

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