Born out of a passionate, lifelong love of music, Tongue Helmet initially started as a collaboration between two longtime friends, Timbuktu and Danny Miles. Now joined by familiar powerhouse talent Coins / Peter Project and DJiRATE, the group is complete. A long-simmering creative dream for over a decade, this project combines the talents and experience of veteran musicians from seemingly distinct genres, bringing together surprisingly compatible sounds.
Timbuktu (Tim Wallace), a veteran of the underground hip hop scene, is a prolific emcee, producer, and mix engineer known for using charm and a twist of dark humour to get his anomalous lyrics across. A key member of the Canada-wide Backburner collective, and the groups Teenburger and Swamp Thing, Timbuktu has released countless records and received multiple award nominations including an ECMA, MNS, and a London Music Award.
Danny Miles is best known as the drummer of Juno Award-winning alternative band July Talk, and brings a vast array of musical chips to the table. Miles’ roots and influences come from decades of underground alternative rock and hip hop music; his heavy groove based drums and alternative ear push the project into the realm inhabited by the likes of The Dust Brothers, Dan the Automator, or DJ Shadow.
Accomplished producer/composer Coins (Peter Chapman) is a multi-instrumentalist who provides an added depth and texture, employing everything from vibraphones, pianos and vintage organs all the way to esoteric modular suitcase synths and talk box vocoders
DMC champion, DJiRATE (Ward Pitfield), is integral to the group’s sound and live performance, laying down the element of vibrant yet classic turntablisim.
Co-Produced by Timbuktu and Danny, Tongue Helmet is a collaborative work in its purest inspirational form. The project provides a unique, updated look at a classic psychedelic hip-hop sound. Anyone who is a fan of Deltron 3030, Beastie Boys (think Paul’s Boutique) or Beck (Odelay era), will find themselves vibing to Tongue Helmet.
released May 10, 2019
Sunstroke originally appeared on 2018's "The Brain on Fire EP". It was written and produced by Timbuktu & Danny Miles with Dan on drums, live instrumentation from Peter Chapman aka COINS, horns by Patric McGroarty and additional percussion by Adam Hindle. All cuts were executed by the magnificent DJiRATE.
The remixes were produced and arranged by our illustrious and talented guests Rich, Ian, Paul, Thomas and Johnny.
Mastered by DJ Dorc for Banging Masters. Artwork by Kody Peters.
Summer is coming... on may 10th you can check out the Sunstroke video, shot and directed by the Shy Kids.
Tongue Helmet will return July 26th with their new full length album, available on Urbnet.
Tongue Helmet is Timbuktu (Backburner, Swamp Thing, Teenburger) & Danny Miles (July Talk) combining forces on a psychedelic,
genre bending odyssey into the unknown.
Co-Produced by Tim and Danny, Tongue Helmet is a collaboration work in it's purest form, a result of the tug of war between their distinct tastes and musical exploits all boiled down into something familiar, yet completely fresh....more
supported by 4 fans who also own “The Sunstroke Remixes (EP)”
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