Back in 2012, Tonedeff revealed plans of releasing four individual EPs that helped showcase the artist’s versatility in styles and subject matter.
Starting with GLUTTON in 2013, which provided an introspective look at Tone’s psyche over electronic production, the gifted rapper kept things rolling with DEMON, dealing with the pressures and side-effects of anxiety, mortality and time-management. He then detailed the mirror-matched battle with delusion on HUNTER in 2014, before embracing the relief of repressed emotions on PHANTOM.
Singling out the ‘best of’ from each piece of the puzzle, Tone then combined everything for his long-awaited sophomore album, POLYMER, which can be described as “a synth-filtered opus of confessional singer/songwriter hip-hop for a modern era.”
Today, Tonedeff is back in action with a video for “Demon,” the endurance-challenging title-track off the second EP which finds him attacking every 16th note for nearly 2 minutes straight in 6/8-time. When it comes to fast raps, few (none?) do it better than Tone. If you need help keeping up, the lyrics are provided here.
Earlier this year, Tone also released a documentary surrounding the album called Polyoptics: The Formation of Polymer, which not only chronicles the creation process of the project, but the formative experiences behind the music itself.
A one-man creative army, he constructed the film solo in tandem with the recording of the album – offering a deep dive into his process and motivations. Featuring interviews with an assortment of underground hip-hop luminaries like J-Zone, Louis Logic, Lucy Camp and PackFM, Polyoptics is the definitive look into the work of an oft-overlooked genre-smashing artist.