I love the fact that Chicago's music scene is so big that sometimes you end up finding out about local artists from out of town entities. There were a couple like that at SXSW this year...I'd be flipping through the artist list and would stop when I saw a 'Chicago' listed as the hometown, only to be completely oblivious to the band's name or origins. I just had another one of these random non-local discoveries of a local artist just the other day when I got this press release from a New York promo company:
Chicago DJ/producer/multi-instrumentalist Copperpot, aka Daniel Kupyers, is notorious for his stage fright. His condition spawned the name of his newest album WYLA?, an acronym for What're You Looking At? (EV Productions.) WYLA? is Copperpot's second full-length, and the follow up to 2005's Chapter 7. The stage shy artist called upon hip hop peers and legends such as KRS-One, Prince Po and Braintax, to help construct WYLA? and extended unlikely invitations to prog post-rockers like Dan Bitney and Jeff Parker of Tortoise and Matthew Lux of Isotope 217 to help him overcome his fear of being the sole man in the spotlight on the upcoming album.
Download: Copperpot f/KRS One - "Come Back Home"
WYLA? hits store shelves on August 7th, and the following night you can check him out live at Sonotheque. You can also check out more tracks from the album streaming on his MySpace page at:
01. Come Back Home feat. KRS One (additional guitar by Rodney Anderson)
02. Let It Go feat. Truth Enola
03. Demo feat. Braintax
04. I Am A Banana
05. I Put A What feat. Valeska Jakobiwicz
06. Art of Rap ft. Masta Ace & EdoG and members of Tortoise
07. Dem Know feat. KRS One
08. Water The Manatee
09. WYLA? feat. Prince Po
10. Blow feat. Psalm One
11. Dem Know (Club Mix) feat. KRS One and members of Tortoise
12. Do You Really?
13. Modern Vampires feat. Rodney P.
14. Clowning Arounding feat. The Time Bandits