Published on May 26th, 2020 | by Gabrielle Laviolette
Rushden & Diamonds Release ‘2020 (Redux)’
2020 (Redux) is out now, the official sequel to Rushden & Diamonds‘ debut conceptual hip-hop album 2010.
The digital release includes a bonus audio comic, 2020, that tells the story of Rushden & Diamonds who embark on a musical journey set in an alternate not-too distant future. It’s been 10 years since Michael Rushden foiled the sinister plot of the cunning Lord, Karl Edward Diamonds. Now living a life of solitude somewhere deep in the Pacific Northwest, Michael alongside his trusty K9 sidekick Sandy take off on a late night drive which may prove to be their last.
“Who’s Best” ft. Rozz Dyliams was inspired by those songs you’d hear back in the day about being a fool for love. It delivers sappy 80s smooth jazz and R&B cuts, with orchestral music, chiptune and other retro sounds.
Rushden & Diamonds set out to create a record that’s smooth, slick, mature and confident, with a few subtle laughs tucked in the mix. Featured artists include the likes of Kool Keith, Kutmasta Kurt, Moka Only, Dylan Ross (Rozz Dyliams), Mega Ran, Naoto Tanaka (composer of Capcom’s Mega Man X series), and more. 2020 (Redux) provides some much needed escapism during these uncertain times and we chat with the duo for an exclusive interview, below!
What makes ‘2020 (Redux)’ different from your past work?
Although 2020 (Redux) pools from many of the core influences we had when creating our debut release 2010, 2020 (Redux) differs from our past work by truly offering something for everyone who’s enjoyed a certain style from Rushden & Diamonds in the past. Weather it be an uptempo retro hip-hop track such as What You’re Used To ft. Moka Only or a slow jam inspired vaportrap cut such as Purple Spotted Caddy ft. Kool Keith, we feel that this album for the first time in our catalog offers something for everyone.
Can you describe the concept behind the album?
Simply put, Rushden & Diamonds – 2020 (Redux) is our version of the year 2020. In our version, 2020 looks more like 1988 Tokyo meets Ed Koch’s New York. The cars are exotic, the fashion is flamboyant and the music is soul, city pop, smooth jazz and 8-bit.
How would you describe your artistic evolution throughout your career?
Ever since we started making music together, we’ve had a very similar outlook on the art of digging for fresh and confident sounding samples. Although that aspect of our creative process has never changed, over the years we’ve definitely taken it upon ourselves to play with different song structures and programming styles. Our mutual admiration towards sourcing certain samples still remains the same to this day though. We’re doubtful that will ever change.
What’s been the biggest change in your life over the past year?
It wouldn’t be accurate to not say that adapting to the world during Covid has been our biggest change over the past year. Although it’s effected everyone in some way, shape or form, there have definitely been some positives to come from the time spent laying low. We’ve personally seen many artists more active and creative then ever. Personally we’ve been stepping more into the realm of live streaming content as well.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written?
There are moments where we wish we had written the better half of Al Jarreau’s 1985 High Crime album, while at other times, Michael McDonald’s classic Sweet Freedom is a song Michael Rushden swears he wrote on a napkin while floating around drunk in the Everglades. Truly who’s to say which Michael walked away that day with a napkin in their pocket. Lord Diamonds swears he once wrote Rozz Dyliams’ Evil Little Thing Called Love while attending boarding school as a child.
And finally, where can readers keep up with what you are doing?
Make sure to follow us at @rushdendiamonds on Instagram, we pretty much share everything we’ve got in the works through there. Also all the streaming platforms, YouTube, Bandcamp for that high quality merch. You know the rest.