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Brought together by the power of the internet (and perhaps a touch of musical providence), Cincinnati-based computer programmer int eighty and Manchester-area graphic designer c64 have been rocking the more studious side of the hip-hop underground since 2007. Their debut release Zero One – featuring Counter-Strike anthem “Hostage Down” and club banger “Give Me Wings” – was summarily embraced by the tech set as a welcome shift in the contemporary hip-hop paradigm.
It’s somehow only fitting that it wasn’t until after the success of this musical social experiment that the members of Dual Core finally met face-to-face, further cementing both their unique friendship and the strength of their artistic collaboration. The group’s follow-up, the Super Powers mixtape, combined eighty’s skillful storytelling and 64′s frenetic beats with additional contributions from nerdcore heavy-hitters YTCracker, ZeaLouS1, Beefy and MC Wreckshin, and precipitated a veritable flurry of major concert opportunities.
In the aftermath of Super Powers, Dual Core became the first nerdcore group to play both the main stages at Las Vegas’s DEFCON, the world’s largest hacker convention, and the CCC Camp hacker conference in Germany. The crush of gigs and the rabid response of new fans led to quick sell-outs of both albums. Thankfully, in 2008 Dual Core released their second full-length Lost Reality – boasting hacker love song “My GF Is…” and blistering posse cut “Fantastic Four” – at Notacon in Cleveland, Ohio.
The duo continued to support the artistic triumph that was Lost Reality by gigging coast-to-coast at hacker conventions, technology conferences and even Orlando’s Nerdapalooza, the world’s only festival dedicated solely to the music of geeks and technophiles. By the release of 2009′s epic follow-up Next Level, these venues, as well as media outlets like Wired.com and internet television network Revision3, had become old haunts to the duo and their unique sound.
With this fourth release, a collection of musings about the joys of music, the banality of the daily grind and the miracles of modern technology, Dual Core continue to exhibit the kind of artistic growth that is the very bedrock of all quality music. With sharper production and more cleverly calculated flows, it is a fitting soundtrack to the 21st century. In a world where the underground cultures of hip-hop and computer tech have leapt stylistic and scholarly boundaries to become the accepted parlance, their amalgamation is nothing short of expected. Yet somehow, Dual Core is scarcely what one would call predictable.
Dual Core has released four albums: Next Level (2009), Lost Reality (2008), Super Powers (2007), and Zero One (2007).
2009 brought the release of the awaited fourth album, Next Level. The album features a bolder sound which highlights both int eighty’s clever lyrics and c64′s heightened sense of sound.Next Level has received praise worldwide for its sharp sound and continued innovation. Along with appearances including nerdcore superstars MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Beefy, ytcracker, Schaffer the Darklord, and Random;Next Level also celebrates the return of Remington Forbes to the microphone. The album is a complete listen from start to finish.
Lost Reality is the anticipated third release from Dual Core. The album features a refined sound which highlights c64′s musical talents. Rapper int eighty tones his writing and vocals to accurately match the feel of the tracks. Along with appearances including nerdcore superstars Wheelie Cyberman (of Optimus Rhyme), Beefy, and ytcracker; Lost Reality presents the listener with a full album of solid listening enjoyment.
In August of 2007, Dual Core caught audiences by surprise with the release of a second album,Super Powers. This time int eighty and c64 teamed up to produce songs based on the themes of superheroes and supervillains. The compilation features Nerdcore “super” artists Beefy, MC Wreckshin, ytcracker, and ZeaLouS1.
Zero One is the album that started it all. Seventeen tracks, over seventy minutes of music. Featuring the single Hostage Down, the nerdcore album Zero One became a classic instantly. Dual Core received media coverage in the US and UK and launched on to the scene. As with all Dual Core albums, Zero One is available in three different formats: MP3, OGG, and FLAC.
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