During sessions for their upcoming double LP, Parkdale Funk 2 (SIDES), also known as PDF2, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution (KCLR) found themselves writing more songs than they could fit even on a double-length record. These extra tracks ended up becoming Between the Cracks. Unlike PDF2, however, which has a sizeable budget and months-long timeline, Between the Cracks was entirely recorded in one day in early June 2012.
Thanks to the Parkdale Funk 2 Initiative, a crowdfunding drive in 2011 which raised over $26,000, as well as grants from the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR, KCLR has a budget for PDF2 that is more than three times the budget for its previous two LPs combined. This affords the band the luxury of time, says drummer, Chino de Villa. “If we need to, sometimes we’ll spend 6 hours just refining the drum sounds for one song, that’s before I’ve even played a beat.” The band believes this meticulous approach will enable PDF2 to showcase songs, sounds and production that are far beyond the typical expectations of a Canadian independent band.
Between the Cracks, on the other hand, was recorded with a very different philosophy. “We did nine songs, including solos, vocals and overdubs in one 16-hour marathon session,” says Roberts, “and we’re really happy with the results. It’s definitely going to make people dance.”
The album’s title track features a guest appearance by acclaimed Toronto turntablist, DJ Grouch.