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by Cold Duck Complex

Cold Duck Complex is a marriage of thoughtful hip-hop lyrics to progressive jazz and rock music, placing the instruments on an equal plane with the voice.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Son of a Snapper
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2. Leaving Levittown
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3. 91 Norch
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4. Upstream
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5. Wake Up
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6. Something Like...
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7. Wishing Well
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8. Beefbox
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9. Cigarette Burns
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10. Backburner
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11. Lucky Me
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12. Satyagraha
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13. God's Grill
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Cold Duck Complex is a method, a means of capturing a moment of intensity, fun, pure excitement-music that makes you feel good, but not simple party music; music that makes you think, but without interrupting the dance party. The marriage of hip-hop lyrics to jazz and rock music, though not unheard of, is a new beast here-placing the instruments on an equal plane with the voice pushes this fusion in a direction that few, if any, have taken before. Equally likely to be exploring the sonic palette of a tin-pan alley standard or an early '90s west coast hip-hop groove, this music is created for the sheer joy of experiencing every second of two seconds ever the same, no song played the same way twice. The lyrics and smooth delivery of Platypus Complex is at once thoughtful, witty, deep, and goofy. He possesses a talent that few can emulate, and it belies a wisdom beyond his years. The Cold Duck Trio is a group committed to variety, to exploring all the sounds they can, whether supporting Platypus Complex or stretching out an instrumental tune. Together, the group bridges gaps between seriousness and humor, politics and play, sometimes showcasing more traditional hip-hop, other times trying to blend hip-hop lyrics with more progressive and complex instrumentals.

Cold Duck Trio first formed in early 2000 with keyboardist Jesse Goldman. For a high school talent show, they composed Curious George, a musical tale of a funky monkey's struggle to explore the world under the gaze of his rigid protector and won the contest. 2001 introduced the trio to Platypus Complex, longtime friend and newfound collaborator. The end of the year also brought D'Antona into the fold, the perfect completion for the group, and a talent that must not be missed. Cold Duck Complex has been continuously spreading their music around New England and New York over the 2 years of their existence--a good showing already for a band consisting of three 21 year olds and a 19 year old. Recent highlights include performing with Rahzel, Reel Big Fish, and 50 Cent at the Mullins Center in Amherst, MA and winning the Umass Battle of the Bands 2003. They have appeared on MTV University, have shared a bill with acts such as Wordsworth, Soulive, 7L & Esoteric, The Slip, Insight, MasPyke, The Headhunters, Addison Groove Project, and Russell Batiste (of The Meters), and have even been featured in a comic strip at the Massachusetts Daily Collegian. Following up on their self-released, untitled EP in 2002, the band released their first full-length album, "Figureheads" in December 2003.

"It's premature to offer up Cold Duck Complex as the savior of live hip-hop, but the group is at the least a herald of what is to come" -Daniel Oppenheimer, Valley Advocate

"Cold Duck Complex was able to fit together heavy content, high intellect, low humor and even at times sad references and still come out with an uplifting and empowering creation." -Russ Juskalian, Massachusetts Daily Collegian

"These jazz hip-hoppers play and sing with passion, but they cannot conceal their education...I like this menagerie." -John Stifler, Daily Hampshire Gazette


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Eric Land

rap w/actual instruments
A welcome change to rap as I've known it. It's great to hear rap that includes real instruments (as oppossed to a DJ ripping-off beats from older classics)!


No matter what kind of music you like you will like this
This CD is a great example of Cold Duck Complex. The variety of songs on here gives you everything you need to know about the band. Buy it and like it. Thats it.


Cold Duck Complex puts it all together
I didn't know music could reach this level. Figureheads is a perfect album. The right mix of jazz and thoughtful lyrics makes for a Cold Duck Complex masterpiece. The song "Upstream" blends soft instrumental against smooth lyrics. With a gorgeous bassline on the hook, it's definitely a hit. You could play this for your 90 year-old grandmother and she could appriciate the music. You could also play it for your little brother and he'd like rhymes. But a person who listens to the roots of jazz and hip-hop will love this album. Kind of like a modern version of the Mingus Band behind Run DMC....kind of. Maybe better.


This is a great "jazzy type funk" cd.
I bought the cd about a month and a half ago and im pretty sure its been in my portable cd player scince then. It has a great assortment of different hip hop/jazzish tunes. The vintage key board sounds give the songs a vintage sound and feel, which is really cool. The bass lines in some of the songs on here are phenomenal. The lyrics are great and some mad drum rythyms. Deffinatly worth every penny it costs.

Nikki C.

Very Well Done
I usually don't like this kind of music but its originality and quality has won me over, highly recommended.


Couldn't help but to love it
I have to say the Music was incredible, and the lyrics of Platypus renewed my love of the art form. No more rapping about rims and tims, and bling bling, he raps about stuff that hits home for all of us. The music itself has something in it that just grabs you. I hear they are even better in concert, and I can't wait to see them.


Seriously listenable music
Seriously listenable music. While it's at $5: BUY. you won't be disappointed.


This CD shows how talented Cold Duck Complex is. The lyrics are absolutely amazing and you can tell how intelligent PC is. One day this group is going to explode!!


smooth. original. defined. destinct. catchy ... but not TOO catchy. varied. subtle. strong. flavoursome. grasping. full of thought. complete.


Compared to the group's first CD, Cold Duck Complex, Figureheads is a little darker and experimental with sound bites and such. I love both, but I'm hooked on this one!
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