Rondo Brothers – Foreign Globester
The Foreign Globester featuring Motion Man (3:15)
in Los Angeles lives a tribe of young jesters known as ADM, or All Destroyed Momentarily. They recorded and shared with us a song, which so inspired us in its freedom of consciousness that we built it upon, layer by layer. Diamond Jim played bass and flute. Ben Ellman of Galactic played saxophone. The Bastard Prince played the fast whishy-whishy drums and Daryl Palumbo did some turntablism. The Foreign Globester needed a calling card, and this was the perfect place. Also featured in the recording is a 1994 vintage pink Hello Kitty Microphone.
Tumbling Down featuring Motion Man (3:04)
A song that generated from many places. It once sat alone as a disco-jam, and a bass line on a different downbeat. It had the piano chords played by Diamond Jim, and some trumpets and horns recorded by the Jay N Bee Jazz band. Later the Bastard Prince added guitar, which in turn spurred Jim to play bass, and transmogrify the beatscape, and add the live drums. At this point the Foreign Globester, heartbroken after a failed affair with Mia Farrow, needed an outlet, a rhythm through which to share his sorrows. And the song was born.
Bohemian Grove featuring MC Lars & K-Flay (3:12)
This is a very mysterious place in Northern California where heads of state and business intersect. The song started out as a remix for fellow traveler Common, and formerly it had him rambling on nonsensically. But we always knew that there was a much darker core to the song. The Globester introduced us to two people he met in his travels, K Flay, and MC Lars, a Man, and a Woman. She had infiltrated the Bohemian Grove disguised as a bellboy, and absconded MC Lars, who was being held prisoner against his will for acts of intellectual bravery. She heard the track and wanted to use it to relate her perils, while Lars related the truth. Contains prodigious uses of Circuit Breaks breakbeats, red Kaoss pads, and Inspector Gadget synthesizers.
Roketship Flossin featuring Poach Stevens (3:21)
We all know what this means. This track was used in a Wu Tang Documentary called Rock Tha Bellz. Features a bizarre percussion mashup of snare drum sounds and reverse kick drums, and jungle noises. And circuit bent Japanese toy sounds. The Bastard Prince plays upon a 1932 Nylon string guitar once played by Django Reinhardt. The song also features a really interesting bridge. And an alien who goes by the name of Calmplecs, relating the story of his spaceship that he uses regularly, which is coveted by many other interstellar travelers. The Globester has little need for out-landers, but is acutely aware of their existence. He has proved and disproved their existence repeatedly, depending on who is asking.
You Got It. I Want It. featuring Motion Man & Madison (3:44)
Thanks to the little red Alesis keyboard that the Globester picked up in Morocco, this track has nice basslines and keyboard bits. This track started out as a tribute to the pure talent of Malibu rapper Shwayze, who was introduced to the Rondos at his record label in Los Angeles. But the track was too sexual, too breathy, too liquid for Shwayze. So we enlisted additional personnel – one of the Globesters female cohorts, a mad scientist witch doctress who calls herself Madison. Madison & The Globester realized they had common ground in gourmet espresso, Karate, Pilates, and Versace. The two of them tackle the evergreen subject of sexual tension between men and women. You Got It, I Want It.
Last Nite Ruled featuring Motion Man (2:46)
Some time ago the Rondo studio was visited by the legendary guitarist F Sean Martin of Hatebreed, who brought along an MC called Motion Man. A record called King Beast was recorded, including a track called Last Nite Ruled. Then one day, Diamond Jim was playing this amazing organ sound he found on a kick-ass synthesizer program called the “IMPOscar”. The organ produced a riff. The riff inspired a beat. The beat inspired a double-octave bass line tripled with a muted 67 Fender Stratocaster. The track came to life. And the only way to do it justice was to let the Foreign Globester re-record the vocals to Last Night Ruled at a much speedier tempo. And the world’s ultimate party song was born. The first hip hop funk song in a good while to feature a blazing synthesizer solo.
Legend Has It featuring Krazy Glue (3:28)
Krazy Glue, a NY based DJ, sent a brown paper package to the Rondo Brothers. It was this song on a CD. It was a beat and some scratching. The rondos added some piano, organ, and synthesizer bass via the Moog Voyager. The track came to life. The choir was booked for the choruses but was canceled when the Foreign Globester insisted on non-denomational singles only.
Tip Toe featuring Motion Man & Madison (3:41)
Occasionally even the Globester finds a need for solace, contemplation, peace. Written with a blond librarian in a monastery in northern Italy. Featuring a Hammond XB3 double leslie cabinet organ, 1958 Gretsch drums. Fender 1969 Precision Bass played in double octave form.
The Bigfoot featuring Poach Stevens (3:49)
A track that has lived on the Globester’s shelf for several years. It took a Bigfoot sighting by the Globester in Hendy Park, Northern California, to realize that the Bigfoot needed a song of his own. But – first, the Globester had to physically apprehend the Bigfoot and teach him English, by luring him into a lean-to trap with Necco Wafers. The Bigfoot fell for the ruse, and learnt English within a matter of months. He was then persuaded to stand in front of a microphone and retell his tale, and he chose this track for the telling, because in his words, it “made him feel greeeeeaat!”
Bikini Body featuring Motion Man & Latrice Barnett (3:50)
The Globester is on a quest, like all men, for love, when you really boil it down to the basic elements. Love, Sweet, Love. Ivan Malaguti helped with the beat on this nice buttery slow jam, and The Globester just turned in a photograph of his last lover and said “This One’s For You.” Strings inspired by the Black Eyed Peas. Guitars inspired by Kool & The Gang. Bass inspired by James Jamerson. Celeste inspired by Brian Wilson.
Cult Leader featuring MC Lars & Beefy T (3:54)
Ace lyrical anarchist MC Lars was enlisted by the Globester to tackle this weighty topic. Lily Allen was the original singer of the song, but she decided to get more to the point and write a song straight to George Bush entitled “Fuck You”. Harsh politics aside, her role left an empty hole in the track that could only be filled by a mysterious man known as Beefy T. The Globester stepped aside and let these two have the song, as he prefers to stay outside of religious quests. This track was recorded in a small rural village in Northeastern Ohio, overlooking a pond, using a miniature keyboard and Digidesign C1 Gate/Compressor.
FOREIGN GLOBESTER BIO
The Foreign Globester was created over a year long period where bay area MC Motion Man paid numerous visits to the Rondo Brothers studio in San Francisco.
The three had discovered a mutual love of wine, women and song. The Hennessy flew freely and the menthol cigarettes put the sweet sweet aroma of minty tobacco into the studio air.
A whole host of songs were recorded.. bit by bit. One at a time. One per session. Motion Man would pace the studio floor, pen and computer in hand, while the Rondos would play bass and guitar and craft drumbeats, waiting for Motion Man to announce he was ready and jump into the vocal booth.
One beautiful spring day in 2009, the Rondos were playing a particularly juicy track for Motion, who got extra inspired. He didn't say much, but he started singin, and swayin, and cuttin loose.
And when he got to the chorus of the song, he said "Are you omnipotent, or too irrelevant, i'm gonna get you, the foreign globester".
And when that was done, Diamond Jim turned around and said "That's our man - That's the record".
Excitedly, they finished off the song - and the Globester was born.
The cards were embossed, the guests were invited: MC Lars, Madison, Poach Stevens, Beefy T. A cast of characters from all different backgrounds and shapes and sizes.
And all the tracks suddenly made sense. The worldview of the Foreign Globester.
And thus, the story begins.
RONDO BROTHERS BIO
The rondo brothers are the bastard prince and diamond jim, two bay area based multi-instrumentalists, DJs, and producers. they became the rondo brothers in 2004 after living in New Orleans for several months working with Galactic on the ruckus album, and getting into a hotel hot tub with all of their clothes on.
Having already contributed to various projects through friend Dan The Automator such as Deltron 3030, Dr Octagon, and Lovage, the rondo brothers made their own breakthrough album "No Time Left On Earth" which was a clever take on hawaiian music mixed with beats and electronics and earned them a spot opening for the Handsome Boy Modeling School White People tour in 2005.
Subsequently, the Rondos were invited to join Head Automatica, a side project for Glassjaw frontman Daryl Palumbo, and this crew went on multiple national tours opening for The Cure, Interpol, Thursday, the Rapture, and more.
While gaining accomplishments as live musicians, the Rondos wrote and recorded on dozens of commercial scores, films, and television shows, as well as getting opportunities to turn in remixes for artists such as Lily Allen, Common, the Beatles, Shwayze, Peeping Tom, and others. They scored a series of NFL cartoons and wrote the song “Ocho Cinco” that gave Chad Johnson his now famous legal nickname.
In 2007 a second record was released, "Seven Minutes To Midnight", which found them still a wider audience and they embarked another Automator tour, supporting Chali2NA, Casual, and Andre the Giant on a national tour supporting the NBA 2K7 video game.
Now heavily in demand producers, the Rondos produced with Bay Area indie favorites Loquat, nerdcore hero MC Lars, as well as tracks for artists such as Scissors For Lefty, Kid Beyond, the Lovemakers, the Matches, and many others.
In 2008 they were offered a chance to record tracks with metal-guitarist guru F Sean Martin from Hatebreed who was working with legendary bay area MC Motion Man on a project called King Beast - the Rondos and Motion Man hit it off, and the three started working on a new project of their own, the Foreign Globester.
In 2009 the rondos finished two album for MC Lars, and currently are working as full-time producers for a side project with up and coming Australian brother duo the Kin, who were introduced to the rondos by producer and collaborator Jack Douglas.
Also accomplished songwriters, 2010 will see the rondos release a cut of one of their co-writes on the new Galactic album, sung by R&B legend Irma Thomas, as well as a co-write on Alligator Records’ artist Eric Lindell.
2010 will see the of release the Foreign Globester album through Oglio/DMAFT records….