Vancouver based production duo, Potatohead People, releases the second single off their new album Mellow Fantasy. The single “Baby Got Work” from the dream team known for connecting schools of hip-hop features the hip-hop legends De La Soul.
Featuring Potatohead’s classic funky basslines, smooth drums, and guitar chops, De La Soul’s Posdnuos’s rhymes about getting your head down, putting your boots on, and getting to work, truly help make the track exceptional. Furthermore, Vancouver collaborator Kapok elevates the track by singing about the shortness of our lives, and the potential in all of us to get the work done that we need to do. It’s an allusion to the desperate times we’re living in, with a hopeful call to action for all of us to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of change.
Composed of Vancouver producers and multi-instrumentalists Nick Wisdom and Astrological, Canadian duo Potatohead People boast a number of noteworthy accolades thanks to their signature sound drawing influences from the 90’s boom-bap, future soul, classic jazz, deep house, and boogie/funk.
Beginning with a series of EP’s, including their landmark “Kosmichemusik” EP, Potatohead People’s productions quickly made their way to artists like Illa J who tapped the duo to produce his now critically acclaimed self-titled album, as well as producers like Kaytranada (who co-produced Illa J’s “Strippers” with the pair).
After their first full length in 2015 (“Big Luxury”), the duo followed up with 2018’s ambitious LP “Nick & Astro’s Guide to the Galaxy, ” which further developed the group’s songwriting skills. Supporters such as Soulection, Nightmares on Wax, Pomo, DJ Spinna, Big Boi, and Phife Dawg have also played formidable roles in championing the sound of Potatohead People worldwide.
Potatohead People’s upcoming album “Mellow Fantasy” is due on Bastard Jazz Recordings Oct 30th, 2020.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.