Published Apr 04, 2016These days Woodhands' Dan Werb works solo under the moniker Grapes Godly, and Exclaim! has got your exclusive first listen to the Toronto musician's latest project. Inspired by a desire to make rap music, Werb teamed up with 21-year-old Toronto young'n Ase Eschu Bafamet, and they've crafted a mixtape titled Throw Diagram.
The 10-track set hears Werb drawing samples from an eclectic array of influences that cite everything from the opera Nixon in China and '70s Turkish psychedelia, to George Benson's Breezin' and the work of latin jazz musician Mongo Santamaría. Ase, meanwhile, drew on his own personal experiences to tell a coming of age story — midway through the making of Throw Diagram, his girlfriend gave birth to a baby, shifting the rapper's perspective on life.
"After a while, I had to stop outlining the aesthetics of who I thought I was, and start actually defining the real me," Ase tells Exclaim! "I'm still not finished. However, this project sustained me through times of wanting to give that process up completely. What writing and recording this mixtape has done for me is kind of like what having a baby would be like. It doesn't matter what your parents think, or what your friends think — you've got this new person in your life, and in your care forever. And your No. 1 responsibility is to ensure that they enjoy their experience and fulfill their duties in their time on this planet."
Hear both artists' worlds collide in the new musical offering below, and beyond the mixtape itself, you can also give the instrumental mix a spin.
If you want to catch Werb live in action, he'll be DJing a policy wonk party dubbed "Wonk Prom" on April 7, and you can find full details here.