Recorded in the summer of 2017, Vice/Principle began as one of Afriqua’s seasonal music packs, a quarterly offering of original tracks shared privately with a small cohort of friends and collaborators. R&S quickly picked up the collection, which is said to "expand on the melodicism and textural depth" explored on his previous release for the label, Aleph. We're told that the extended EP sees Parker veering into psychedelic territory, inspired by the cosmic departures of ‘70s krautrock and jazz.
The title, Vice/Principle, more a coy bit of humor than a philosophical statement, "reflects a wittiness that Parker often embeds into even the brawniest of his productions," the label explains.
Parker currently resides in Berlin, Germany, where he works from his home studio in the city’s quiet Charlottenburg neighborhood. Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Parker developed his craft as a producer while studying classical piano and practicing hip-hop turntablism from a young age.
Vice/Principle EP will land on June 22, with "Sway" streaming in full below.
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