Pittsburgh producer jGGZ Patel created his new album, BLACK BODY RADIATION, as a “mini opus” in response to the uprisings of the past few weeks.
About the project, Patel writes, “Black-body radiation is the thermal electromagnetic radiation within or surrounding a body in thermodynamic equilibrium with its environment, emitted by a black body.” As you’d guess, the album crackles with a sense of woozy energy, conveyed not by lyrics, but by rhythms, samples, and garbled melodies. Opener “PANDEMONIUM” introduces itself with the chatter of a crowd, invoking the spirits of the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve marched for justice, before a stuttering, crooning beat glides into the picture. After a minute, the track abruptly transitions into a menacing, underwater crawl adorned with ecstatic whoops, hair trigger percussion, and unsettling pitch bends. “PANDEMONIUM” wordlessly conveys the the beauty, the danger, the adrenaline of rebellion.
Proceeds from BLACK BODY RADIATION are being donated to Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund. Buy the album here.