Canadian Producer HundredMillionThousand Blends Hip-Hop & Electronic With Debut Album
HundredMillionThousand is the moniker of Persian/Filipino electronic producer Noel Jon who is based in Edmonton, Canada. Noel Jon’s musical aesthetic is a blend of Iranian-inspired sampling, cinematic atmospheres, brooding atmospheric pads, and aggressive hip-hop tinged percussion patterns. Proud of his ethnic background HMT encapsulates his heritage into production through the use of Iranian vocalizing, key signatures, spiritual chants, and Tombak. HMT also collaborates with various artists to utilize visuals that are referential to Iranian art and poetry during his live performances. On April 8, HundredMillionThousand will release his debut album lp1.
lp1 is an incredibly well developed and personal musical mood journal from the mind of this talented young Canadian producer. This debut album serves as an audio log of the many facets of an ongoing journey with mental illness. It is a sonic coping mechanism, of Persian/Filipino artist.
HTM’S Debut Album Drops On April 8th
Drawing inspiration from artists like A Tribe Called Red, DJ Krush, Amon Tobin and Massive Attack, HMT concocts a brand of electronic used hip-hop that is both shimmering and foreboding all at once. Rife with deep textures and dark colors, this album is a sonic landscape rising out of the cyclic nature of HMT’s journey through mental illness.
After getting an exclusive listen, I can definitely tell you that HundredMilionThousand is an artist you should definitely keep an eye on for the future. Songs like “Rescue Feeling” embody the depth and intensity of the cycle of anger and calm, while the pulses and waves in “Exalted” and “Tunnelism” put on full display the cycle between anxious tumult and decisive inner peace, with Kurai’s vocal delivery echoing through caverns of introspection and reflection. Standout tracks “Yalda” and “Serbians” – infused with the melodies of HMT’s Persian roots – prove themselves as bold experimental instrumentals, while the playful grooves of “Flamingo” and “Cathedral,” bolstered by rapper Cab’ral’s energetic cadences, provide some hard-earned respite from what’s otherwise an intense, gripping debut.
HMT’s haunting production style brings to mind the cutting edge work of electronic music mavens like XXYYXX and Mr. Carmack. The immediate, often startling changes in mood throughout lp1 further encapsulate HMT’s journey: hair-pin turns through a storm of adverse mental states, the mapping out of a rational pathway through the cycle of cycles that makes itself known as both obstacle and inspiration. Both mature and playful, meandering and direct, intense and glimmering, LP1 proves itself as a debut album that begs for another listen.
With this incredibly well-polished freshman effort, HundredMillionThousand definitely has a bright future in store. It is refreshing to come across an artist with such a rich sonic style and meaningful subject matter. Connect with HundredMilionThousand on Facebook and his Official Website.