About a year ago, Gensu Dean began working on a project (Abrasions) with Planet Asia. At the same time, Mello Music Group label-mate Apollo Brown began his work with Guilty Simpson on a record (Dice Game). Enjoying each other’s work, the two producers decided to challenge each other and produce new versions of the other’s respective projects. Gensu would take Planet Asia’s vocals and rework them, while Apollo would do the same with Guilty Simpson’s verses. The result? A two-side project, Abrasions: Stitched Up and Dice Game: Shaken, due out January 14th.
The first leak from Abrasions: Stitched Up features Apollo Brown adding his stylings to Planet Asia and Gensu Dean’s “God Hour.”
Detroit’s rising star, Apollo Brown, has been steadily earning his spot in the upper echelon of producers, having broken out with his joint project Gas Mask with The Left, before teaming with D.I.T.C. legend OC for Trophies, then Guilty Simpson for Dice Game, before Ghostface Killah tapped him for The Brown Tape. To kick off 2014, Apollo decided to create his own version of label mate Gensu Dean’s record Abrasions with Planet Asia. And today we get “God Hour,” a small piece of the full project.
Stitched Up is drenched in vinyl crackle, soul stirring organ, and moving vocal abstractions that Apollo uses to pull the reflective side of Planet Asia’s vocals out. The result is an altogether warmer version of the gritty, energy-laden original.
The first track from Dice Game: Shaken, which features Gensu Dean remixing Guilty Simpson and Apollo Brown’s “Ink Blotches,” can be found here.