This whole Clutchy Hopkins business is very confusing. Ubiquity keep throwing all this mythology our way, telling tales about a mysterious figure leaving traces of himself via bags of 2-inch reels and "a vintage Caribbean tracksuit jacket found in the office fridge".
Clutch of the Tiger sounds like a collection of film-noir tracks run through the Clutchy Hopkins and Shawn Lee magical music machine. It's dusty and mysterious junkyard jazz that's powered by sly beats and other-worldly funk.
Lord Newborn and the Magic Skulls is the collaborative project of esteemed sound scientists Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero. In the winter of 2008 they locked themselves away in Money Mark’s Los Angeles-based studio for two weeks.
Coz Littler, aka Chop, is the proprietor of UK based APE Studios – one of the finest analogue studios in the world, and a repository for vintage synthesizers, guitars, drums and gear sourced from the world over.
Malcom Kipe (a.k.a. Skyler McGlothlin a.k.a. Nautilis) produces experimental breaks and instrumental hip hop, mainly for the defunct American label Merck Records. McGlothlin has cut two proper 'albums' and a compendium of beats with Merck: Breakspiracy Theories
Dday One was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He has a double major in hiphop as a turntablist and samplist. He also has a minor in graffiti art (as do most b-boys), noticeable by his signature. His obsession with manipulating vinyl records started in the early 1990's, when at the age of 11 he began exploring the depths of Los Angeles' thrift shops and record stores.
DJ Signify is a producer and DJ specializing in gloomy hip-hop beats. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In the past he has worked with many well-established underground rappers such as Buck 65 and Sage Francis.