real zeal men

by dark tower

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01 intro 00:29
02 zealman 04:41
08 outro 00:14


Dark Tower is a duo comprising of Eli Foley (rapper) and Jody Lloyd/Trillion (rapper/producer).

Dark Tower formed in 1993. This is their first recording project. It was funded with a creative nz grant and made in 1994 - released in 1995.

as you can hear, the music, vocals and accents sound very raw - the beginnings of a developing sound.

this was made in the days before home studios and was recorded in a professional recording studio on reel to reel tape. Mark Duff was in the engineer/production seat and these tracks were recorded in four or five sessions on the night shift; 6pm - 4am, as this was the cheapest time to use the studio.

DARK TOWER - Real Zealmen EP (1995)

'At 20 minutes long, this EP is exceptional value. Dark Tower are two Christchurch rappers who come across as kind of an antipodean version of the Beastie Boys. They aren't afraid to try anything musically, and their rhymes are heavy on humour (don't get me wrong - it's not a joke or novelty rap). Listening to Eel and The Earl rap about sheep and rural life really brought me back home. Rather than follow the US hip-hop style, Dark Tower strike out on their own, sampling the old Country Calendar theme and tossing in a few bagpipes for good measure. That said, the beats are good, the rhymes strong and the lyrical flow is excellent.'

Rip It Up - 1995


released February 2, 1995


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