Sole & The Skyrider Band

Sole & The Skyrider Band

BandHip HopAvant-garde

Sole, known as one of the godfathers of abstract hip hop and founding member of the Anticon label has been backed over the last two years by The Skyrider Band. Sole's brand of wit packed, radical and dense lyricism is perfectly accompanied by The Skyrider Band's subtle, layered post-rock-hop.


Sole, one of the founding members of the Anticon collective
and key figure in the experimental hip hop movement, returns with his Skyrider Band on the album Plastique. After nearly 2 years of touring relentlessly and playing concerts with everyone from Genghis Tron and Enon to Myka 9 and Aceyalone, Sole and company have recorded their best work yet. The follow-up LP to Sole & the Skyrider Band’s eponymous debut is Sole’s most cohesive, dynamic, listenable and interesting record to date. In contrast to the apocalyptic imagery of the first record, this album adopts the Jean Beaudrillard idea that “when the spectacle took over, man ceased to be man.” What’s more, Skyrider’s music finds itself more sparse and deliberate on this record, showcasing the talents of all three musicians: Bud Berning (producer), John Wagner (drums), and William Ryan Fritch (multi-instrumentalist). Plastique is an album full of reflections on the postmodern
mess that is the “me” generation. Sole bounces from the ironic to the
iconoclastic, from the worldly to the deeply personal. Unlike many of
his previous recordings, Sole’s rapping is at the forefront and his sharp
lyrics are clearer than ever. This is partly thanks to more immaculately
composed music, and partly to Son Lux collaborator Doc Harril on the
mixing boards.
“Battlefields”, a collaboration with Markus Acher - lead singer
of German electronic indie rock band The Notwist, is possibly the
catchiest of all tunes to come out of Sole’s arsenal while tunes such as
Longshots and Pissing In The Wind present Sole’s biting sarcasm in
classic form. Plastique is a musically mature prog-hop album with a
nearly punk-bitter attitude built around the ferocity and intelligence
that listeners have grown to expect from Sole.


Sole - Bottle of Humans (1999)
Sole - Selling Live Water (2003)
Sole - Live From Rome (2005)
Sole & The Skyrider Band - S/T (2007)
Sole & The Skyrider Band - Plastique (2009)

Set List

hour long sets with tracks ranging from older/classic sole cuts to the newest material from Plastique