Keepers of the Keys
This is a classic. The first I had encountered of the Songodsuns was on the wonderfully nostalgic Connect The Dots compilation, featuring the dreamy, OD-produced 2Mex track "Galileo". From that I assumed the Songods was a collab effort between OD and 2Mex, and so it was with some confusion that the next time I saw the name was on this 12" from a year or so later. Here we have 2Mex, but instead of Omid we have the likeminded Nobody, and Dj Esp has crawled up out of the woodwork as well. Since OD was my favorite producer at the time, I was initially a little disappointed to see he wasn't on the credits. Still, being the dedicated fan of all things Blowed that I was, I shelled out the food money and bought this anyway - besides, 2Mex is dope, Nobody's dope, Esp is dope, so what could go wrong?
Nothing at all, except that I was low on frozen burritos that week.
The three songs here are perfect; in my opinion, among the very best that any of the players have ever created. Nobody's murky, somnambulistic beats and psychedelic sonic textures are perfect for Esp's abstract scratching style, and 2Mex is a dirty hippy, so he fits too. In fact, in all of the collaborations between him and Nobody I've always been aware of a kinship they share that ads strength to each others' art. That is strong here. "Love Fights Back" is presented in a new form from the OG version on the Unreleased Hits cdr from Afterlife, "Keeper of the Keys" utilizes (I think) a brillian HP Lovecraft sample, and Audible Angels is presented as a much different remix from the Visionaries version. Instrumentals are also included.
So silly me, I thought this incarnation of the Songods was the definitive one, and I was again surprised to find their full-length featuring all kinds of collabs between 2Mex and others, not just Nobody and ESP. I can't be sure, but I'm thinking the Songodsuns is a state of mind, and 2Mex surrounds himself with whomever fits into that particular state. Check this out, before summer is gone. To me it's a cornerstone in 2Mex's music, and to the golden age of LA underground.