Del the Funky Homosapien and Amp Live – two of the most innovative and respected names in hip-hop – unite for one of the most anticipated albums of 2018. The 16 tracks on Gate 13 mix hip-hop, funk, and electronica, and feature Goapele, Eligh, Simi, Zyme, Adult Karate, Mr. Micro, and James Melo, creating a portal into something progressive, futuristic, and fun. After working together during Amp's Radiohead remix project, these back-when friends from Oakland embark on an electronic melting pot here. "13 represents bad luck," Del says of the title's significance. "Basically, we're the baddest out. This is a gateway to how we do."
Surging the dancefloor's power source on opening single "Wheel of Fortune," Del's signature flow that has taken him from the tongue-twists of "Mistadobolina" to the science fact of Deltron 3030 and the sunshine-in-a-bag of Gorillaz, squares up to Amp Live's full-bodied basics. "I'm trying to be more concise with my writing and my art in general" says Del. "Del has been talking about doing more straightforward, aggressive writing," confirms Amp. "Everything that I was messing with kind of had that same theme."
On tracks such as "Wheel of Fortune," "On the Ball" and "Get Some of Dis," Gate 13 brings the noise to scare the mumblers away. "Humble Pie" goes back to the future to put a bully in his place, and "Chili Sauce" and "Sit Ya Ass Down" take control of the synth boogie getting the club and daytime airwaves buffed up. Easily commuting to a nearby parallel universe (the Deltron-centric "The Glow" and "Help") with star-dusted synths, disco residue, space symphonies and the odd zany skit, Gate 13 has got it locked with the master key.