- SYNOPSIS OF THE ALBUM -
Blake Worrell's "The Second Coming" is a unique soundtrack made up of nine skits and nine songs which are interwoven into an imaginary journey through his mind. Featuring his many voices, he encounters various characters that play out a dream shaped by his thoughts.
As an eminent neuroscientist invites him to test a new experiment that will make him travel deeper into his subconscious (Track 1 - Intro), it becomes unclear where the truth ends and the fantasy begins, and one reality unfolds into another throughout... So now fairground bells ring and "Circuz" (Track 2) lauches the ride!
Blake celebrates the game of life, you choose what you play, "dream the dream no matter what or who says...".
Suddenly, he enters a deli where the chef warns him of the distasteful gossip witnessed over lunch (Track 3 - "At the Deli"). Unmoved and unsurprised, Blake gives them some "Food for Thought" (track 4) to chew on before he is led behind the kitchen to visit an old friend and then in through a hidden passage way (Track 5 - "Passage"), voices and music grow as he nears a door.
Heavy beats, flashing lights, and thumping speakers. The door opens and everything is magnified and throbing to the rhythm of "Chunka Boom" (Track 6).
An employee of the club takes him further underground (Track 7 - "A Lure") towards a "Temptation" (Track 8) den of decadence into which Blake plunges with appetite until he suddenly finds himself falling into the drain of the backstage bathroom sink, where everything fades out (Track 9 - "Spinout").
From the blackness within, he falls into himself intertwining with his darkest corners -Suddenly, a phone rings. Hip Hop Calling (Track 10) is from his soul, calling him to come back to his roots. His soul reminds him that no matter how hard things get, his individuality will always prevail in any circumstance.
Through his earphones, the sounds of the street rise and reach his consciousness. He wakes up sharply to cold steel as someone tries to rob him of his walkman at gunpoint (Track 11 - "Street Sense"). Exhausted, he pauses his thoughts to explain his past and his outlook on the present in Persuaders (Track 12), which gets him landing safely at the airport where he is picked up by his beatmaker, Mecs-Treem (Track 13 - "Landing").
A sense of Glory (Track 14) fills him with gratitude on the ride to go to a concert. Mecs-Treem pulls up behind an industrial site and leads Blake to the stage, when suddenly Blake's phone rings and is shocked to hear the neuroscientist trying to tell him something. Puzzled, Mecs-Treem tells him to avoid any confusion and focus on rocking the show. The garage doors open to reveal a crowd cheering him on (Track 15 - "The Second Coming"), Blake feels ignited and starts to Pump up (Track 16) the people with energy with a message to unite.
Later, a doorbell rings in somewhere in a high class residential neighborhood. A butler answers to find the neuroscientist has dropped in for a visit. The butler escorts him down a long elegant hallway to a large room where piano is being played. Hearing the familiar voice, Blake calls through from the living room telling him to come in, at which point we discover all of the characters are present (Track 17 - "Back Home").
Reunited, they recognise their bond to one another within Blake, and parade together in a burst of enthusiasm cause they just make each other feel So Good! (Track 18)
- THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM -
After 2 years of just listening to the instrumentals that Mecs-Treem gave me, I finally locked myself in the studio and cooked up "the Second Coming" in about a 1 1/2 months. The song "Circuz" was the first track I worked on back in early Fall 2008 -but that was it. The rest of the tracks and skits were done around the release date. "Spinout" was freestyled/recorded/mixed and mastered in 25 minutes, it was the last track I worked on before the album went out for release -just 5 hours after!
The story was originally realized when I first made my favorite picks of Mecs-Treem's tracks and dragged and dropped them onto my playlist. The organization of the tracks and idea never really changed since I first heard them in 2008. After hearing them through the next 2 years I would develop the ideas in my head. In the beginning of February 2010, I locked myself in the studio and dove into the tracks and ideas that manifested.
Within the album there are a total of 13 characters I play including myself. They are (in order of appearance): Old man, Secratary, Dr. Llerrow, French guy, Chef, Worker, Gay guy, Stoner, Guard, Cholo, Butler, Cowboy, Alien. Shaylee Nilaya Morgan features in the chorus of "Food for Thought" and in the Bridge of "Pump Up". There is a guest appearance by Mecs-Treem in the tracks "Landing" and "The Second Coming". I feel I must also mention the Bleu Bird was visiting at the time I was finishing the album and also sang on the chorus of "Pump Up" to help me add more voices to it.
Thanks to Thomas Grummt (a.k.a. isotope) and Sven Ludwig, I was able to Mix and Master the album in a tight timeframe (about 5 days). We transferred files and full mix sessions via file exchange/servers due to the fact that Sven was in Cologne and isotope was at the opposite side of Berlin from where I am. Final mastering and output were done at my studio in Berlin.
released 15 March 2011
- CREDITS -
Written, Performed*, Produced**, Mixed***
*Tracks 04 & 16 featuring Shaylee Nilaya Morgan
*Track 16 with special guest Bleu Bird (Chorus Backup)
*Tracks 13 & 15 with Mecs-Treem
**Beats by MecsTreem, Arranged by Blake Worrell
***Also mixed by Sven Ludwig and Thomas Grummt
Album cover by Maïa Beyrouti
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