Bil Basmala • To Be Continued • Ep •8 Tracks • 23 min
Hasan ‘Atiq‘ Robinson, Music Producer (Autolect, Bil Basmala) has many ideas about music and how its delivered. As a result Formerly Known As was born in late 2012. Against the grain he continues to push boundaries bridging several gaps as a content owner, producer, catalog controller, credit & music producer. Redefining the methods, understanding and process of a 21st century independent artist operating in autonomy.
Many know him as a technical code expert as he crafts the FKA brand into an intertwining network under the title of ‘Rumble’. Others attempt to understand what drives his motives for launching Fka Co’s distribution division last year in effect exemplifying market and product placement, publishing, manufacturing, physical and digital accounts included. While others simply attempt to dismiss the work as Ego-Centric and immature marketing schemes from some music industry outsider. With 19 years of music industry experience under his belt the latter is far from the truth and to understand the multi-faceted nature of this man take your time, as he continues with a single track, album or collection. This year, Hasan joined the Harry Fox Agency in New York and The Recording Academy (Grammys) in Los Angeles as a voting member.
Hasan as an eclectic blend of visionary soul that takes the electronic, chill-out or left field genre into a completely new sphere. Accompanied by complimentary visuals from Basmala, visionary soul continues and makes its jump into the World and Electronic, Dance genre. “There is no need to leave Left-Field Blues or Hip-Hop behind its coming with.”
SleepWalk (ERS Raw) 7inch & Cd-Single w/ dnld
Groundbreaking Original Dystopian Hip-Hop on Vinyl & Cd,
Originally released in April of 2014 (digital only) ‘The SleepWalk Project’ from Psyopsogist is finally optimized on Vinyl and Cd.
Produced by T.S. Flour @psyopsogist, Lyrics by Hasan Robinson @bilbasmala. Mixed and Masterd by Paul ‘NASA’ Loverro @UncommonRecords.
Digital Release Date Apr. 15th 2014
Physical Release Dat July. 15th 2014 on 7 inch & Cd-Single,
Label: Fringe Analog Recordings
Vinyl Pressed In Germany
Manufactured and Distributed by: Fka Co
(California., 06/25/2014) Producer-emcee Hasan ‘Atiq’ Robinson spent the last 17 months establishing Fka Co. He is also the architect of visionary soul music. He is back in the studio after almost 2 years working on the ‘Atiq’ album and the lead Single / Ep “Stalking The Pendulum”. In 2010 he also released ‘Attitude’ an uptempo classic hip-hop sample based track and will re-release it some time this year.
The ‘Atiq’ is long awaited as Hasan redefines the traditional function of an Artist emcee and producer interacting in an online and business environment.
(California., 6/12/2012) Urban Sufi Music has re-released 5 of 9 Autolect albums. Autolect Between God And the Deep Blue, is an 11 song album.
Original Press Release
Features production from 9th Wonder, Fanatik, Jihad, tommyknocka, and guest appearances from Beyond, Mikial and Nac One. Autolect’s first single was “Akh Fantastic”: an up tempo, throwback anthem. Produced by: west underground producer Fanatik. Known for his early works with Planet Asia, Rasco and Stones Throw Records. Xi Sounds, whom had also joined Autolect in the City Hall deal. Decided to press a limited edition 12 inch vinyl release of the song. Which also included a B-side track from Little Brothers 9th wonder. The Justice league producer was Known mostly for his production on Jay Z’s Black Album and remixes for Mary J. Blyge and Destiny’s Child. “Akh Fantastic” hit college radio in August 2006. Well received by Dj’s “Akh Fantastic” spawned another 12″ from Autolect entitled “Movin”, which climbed the college Rapattack charts to number 3 in July 2007. Autolect followed in 2008 with a studio recording entitled “Between God and The Deep Blue.”
Autolect’s first single was “Akh Fantastic”: an up tempo, throwback anthem. Produced by: west underground producer Fanatik. Known for his early works with Planet Asia, Rasco and Stones Throw Records. Xi Sounds, whom had also joined Autolect in the City Hall deal. Decided to press a limited edition 12 inch vinyl release of the song. Which also included a B-side track from Little Brothers 9th wonder. The Justice league producer was Known mostly for his production on Jay Z’s Black Album and remixes for Mary J. Blyge and Destiny’s Child. “Akh Fantastic” hit college radio in August 2006. Well received by Dj’s “Akh Fantastic” spawned another 12″ from Autolect entitled “Movin”, which climbed the college Rapattack charts to number 3 in July 2007. Autolect followed in 2008 with a studio recording entitled “Between God and The Deep Blue.”
FKACO & Urban Sufi Music are curating 6 Autolect albums entitled How To Get Kicked Out Airports. Autolect Between God And the Deep Blue, is an 11 song album.
FREE DNLD: (last.fm) – Shukem (vocal)
Los Angeles California USA, April 20, 2014 – Formerly Known As is honored to announce its Semi Final nomination for Label of the Year (5 or less employees) in the 2014 Libera awards. The LIBBYs will celebrate their third annual award ceremony on June 19, 2014, at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. These prestigious awards highlight various independent music, projects or artists released on an independently owned or controlled label from March 2013 – February 2014. This nomination is well deserved for Formerly Known As, highlighting the unconventional efforts of William Robinson who pulled the start up company together in less than 15 months. During their first year Formerly Known As contributed and released 12 CD based projects, countless music based products, programs and peripherals. Formerly Known As is the In-House label while FKACO is a California Media Holding Company For The Arts & Entertainment Industry including Independent Media Rights Management and Music Distribution. These two elements under the same corporate brand demonstrate an innovative company vision, which proves to be on the path towards redefining the traditional definition of a “Record Label” in today’s artistic environment.
Formerly Know As shares the spotlight in the same category as Brainfeeder, Crammed Discs, Decon Records, Faderlabel, Ghostly International, Luaka Bop, Partisan Records/Knitting Factory, Tru Thoughts, Tuff Gong Worldwide And Yamaha Entertainment Group Of America.
Additionally AUDOCS is nominated for The Light Bulb Award, which celebrates the most innovative/creative marketing campaign for a project released by an independent label or artist. Audocs serves as FKACO’s digital online and mobile promotions platform, label and distribution service for worldwide accounts and is currently in Beta. Audocs based accounts and services are direct agreements and include content preparation (Metadata), media conversion, asset management, storage, playlist marketing, promotions and quarterly reporting.
Libera award finalist will be chosen by a panel of independent music experts from media, retail, distribution, marketers, and other strategic music partners and awarded on June 19, 2014.
Jun 24, Q2, 2013 Featuring Hasan Robinson, onBEATS, Kateeb and Mononauts
FKACO, quarterly product report of art, music, humour, poetry and photography for indie media, film, music and the art world.
About the album
‘Bil Basmala – On The Edge Of Forever’, Hasan’s retail-ready album for 2013.
California USA, Mar 31, 2014 – Now, FKACO releases Bil Basmala ‘On The Edge Of Forever’ CD for Record Store Day 2014 @recordstoreday on 4/19. Kicking Off A New Co-op Retail Program via Audocs @audocs, including 42 Stores In North America. Also Apart of the campaign is Bil Basmala ‘UHM w/Style’ begins Impacting Top 100 College Radio in the U.S. till 4/19/2014.
Originally released on Cd in 2013 by Formerly Known As, “On The Edge Of Forever” by Bil Basmala was also released in digital ‘Deluxe’, on 1/14/14. Including a special Booklet and 432 Masters by Eastern Department, preview here. Also released in 2013 in digital form was The Get Down and Counterpoint singles in the series.
‘On The Edge Of Forever’ – contains all the essential blends of artistic ‘strangeness’ of style. “The production. Dusty… Hard jazz, deep funk sounds, but taken so far and so deep from the source as to be absorbed and transformed. From some alternate reality where Dolphy and Mingus invented the MPC and jazz never ended, kept on going.”(Elmattic)
Title: On the edge of forever (Deluxe)
Artist: Bil Basmala
LABEL: Formerly Known As
US RELEASE DATE: 5/28/2013
EU. RELEASE DATE: 8/28/2013
Genre (s): Left-Field, Hip-Hop and Electronic Instrumentals
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – UHM (original)
The Los Angeles-based label will re-release “Explosive Approaches” by Equalib on cd and digital full-length
California USA, February 20, 2014 – FKACO has formed a partnership with independent hip hop label Scratch Of The Serial, run by Grammy-winning Amani K. Smith aka Burt Blackarach, to re-issue “Explosive Approaches” by Los Angeles hip hop group Equalib.
Consisting of group members Amani K. Smith and Marlowe Lewis (L.O.W.) Equalib gained notoriety in the late 90′s in the Los Angeles hip hop scene. Smith has since gone on to produce for Method Man, Redman, Aerosmith, KRS One and Busta Rhymes, and is part of the Public Enemy camp, producing for them for the past 15 years. Smith currently goes by the name Burt Blackarach. He has been touring extensively in the U.K. with Soup from famed hip hop group, Jurassic 5, for their new project, Fullee Love and Burt Blackarach. Hip hop heads and crate diggers have been rediscovering Smith’s vintage work before he became an acclaimed producer and DJ. Noticing the new interest and demand, FKACO signed a deal to re-release the classic album.
FKACO will re-release the debut EP “Explosive Approaches” this summer of 2014.
California USA, Mar 18, 2014 – Fringe Analog Recordings releases ‘The Sound Conspirator’ by Psyopsogist
“PSY/OPSogist’s music is bad chemicals, a hurricane of rusty iron filings blotting out the sun. Specially selected for trailer park Cthulu cults. The Beat Game Dennis Hopper. No one else could make an instrumental meditation on Videodrome.
On a long car trip down William Gibson’s Sprawl once, on some empty Mississippi brown highway, I mistakenly taped a blast of roadwind into my cassette of Criminal Minded. That was some prefiguration PSY/OPSogist.
Someone complained about how he hooked a beat up once. He replied, ‘I make no-music.’ Hard, on-point drums. Jackson Pollack swirls of melody, anti-melody. Peerless use of vocal samples, crazy isht from old movies, from lost radio, from late-night TV you’re not sure you watched the next morning, maybe you dreamed that thing where the Air Force major said God is only in man, not robots? Descriptions don’t do it justice. It has a uniqueness, a thing-in-itself like no other. Soundtracks for movies that haven’t been made yet—Cities Of The Red Night OST and Music From The Motion Picture Mona Lisa Overdrive.” (Elmattic)
Eastern Department self titled album instrumentals. Produced by Bil Basmala and Eastern Department, including computer based and live percussion aided music. Providing a concrete bridge from Hip-Hop to Electronic genres as well as finding a distinct home in Left-Field.
Bil Basmala And Eastern Department Step forward into soundtrack, archive and library music. A very intense release, each song exhibits its own character and depth to stand alone.
Producer, Bil Basmala & Eastern Department
File Under, Soundtrack & Library Music
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Hojoki (ambiance)
(California., 01/06/2014) Bil Basmala released a digital album called Constants Expansion. Formerly Known As via Fringe Analog Recordings will re:issue the album on Cdr+ , 2/4/14.
It is 17 tracks of futuristic landscapes for stage and screen. Exclusive Soundtrack Music and Minimal Soundscapes From Urban Sufi Music library release of minimal space, science fiction, sci-fi, alien, futuristic, high tech music.
Autolect Instrumental Series (California., 02/07/2014) FORMERLY KNOWN AS in collaboration with FRINGE ANALOG RECORDINGS will release INSTR MNTL by Autolect on 2/11/2014. It is a 3 cd boxset release from Celestines Progeny, Every Mans Universe and The Man That Fell To Earth. Produced By Bil Basmala (2004 – 2010)
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Levitate (ins.)
FREE DNLD: (FKACO) – Pyscosis (ins.)