Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, will return later this year with his first record since 2010’s All Day. It comes in the form of a collaborative EP with rapper Freeway entitled, Broken Ankles, and will be released in the fall through DatPiff.
According to a press release (via Pitchfork), the EP features “ideas slightly removed from [Girl Talk]’s trademark hyper-mashup style” including “a wider range of samples, some more obscure than what he would normally use in his Top 40-focused work. He also experimented with different techniques of sample manipulation and incorporated more original instrumentation.” By the time he approached Freeway, he had amassed a collection of 70 samples.
Gillis elaborated on the project in an issued statement:
“It was liberating and exciting working on a different style of material. I couldn’t stop. A bunch of the ideas were things I’ve been wanting to do for years… I’ve been a fan of Freeway since I first heard him on ‘1-900-Hustler,’ and I just thought he was the perfect fit for what I had in mind. I wanted the album to be diverse, and I wanted someone who could maneuver around quick changes mid-song. Freeway is the rare rapper who sounds natural on all types of beats, ranging from cut-up soul to menacing synth-jams. His energy is unreal, and he’s able to keep up with any production… I wanted to work closer to traditional song structure compared to my last few albums, but still include some detailed sample splicing and change-ups when it felt appropriate. The overall structure is what I thought worked best with Freeway’s style… It’s always important to me to have an album that works as a whole; something that has a calculated flow to it, which is intended to be listened to front to back.”
The two musicians formally announced the collaboration during Girl Talk’s show in Brooklyn last weekend and debuted a song titled “Tolerated”. Watch footage of the performance below.
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