Named after NASA’s 1973 robotic space probe of the same name, Pioneer 11 crearte transmissions from cosmic coordinates where the spacecraft is adrift. Psychedelia preserved in hazy, languid guitar riffs. If you’ve ever wondered what Darkside would sound like with the addition of Dilla literate beat masons, look no further. Space rock that's perfect for passing time while you’re waiting for the Metro or waiting for lift off.
Calvin Valentine is a LA based singer, songwriter, and producer. He was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon where he started playing the drums at age six. At age nineteen, he went on The Warped Tour with his band Medium Troy. Valentine first stepped out into the LA music scene in 2011 with the release of Planet Asia’s album “Camouflage Jackets”, which was entirely produced by Calvin known at the time as G_Force. Last year he produced De La Soul’s “God It” featuring Nas, which was recognized by every mainstream blog including Rolling Stone, Pitch Fork, Fader, Complex and even Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times. That same year he produced Fat Tony’s single “H-Town to LA”, which premiered on Complex and the music video is in rotation on MTV Jamz.
Calvin has also worked with many hip hop icons including, Bun B, Devin The Dude, Juicy J, KDOT Champion Illmaculate—the list goes on. Valentine’s Motown, Indie Rock, and Rap influenced style has even been acknowledged on Jay-Z’s curated blog Life + Times. He’s also had his music licensed by MTV and Pharrell’s company iamOTHER. Valentine is currently working on a full length album with Detroit Artist and the late great J Dilla’s young brother, Illa J. Be on the look out for more work as Valentine just signed a deal with Eryst Records to release his next solo album in 2016.
Tolliver is a soul singer born and raised in the Midwest, cornfed and churchified. He’s spent years playing in Stax-inspired boozy bar bands, including Black Diet, an act that won best new bands honors from damn near every Minneapolis publication and filmed a nationally syndicated PBS special at the end of 2014.
His first solo EP, Quartertone, was written and recorded with Chilean producer Lister Rossell, an acclaimed beatsmith and sound designer who’s worked with singers from London to South Africa. The EP was a blistering indictment of American greed, Tolliver’s attempt at a modern What’s Going On?
Tolliver packed up for Los Angeles just after that release in hopes of escaping the crippling cold and making his best record yet. He got his wish in the form of Rave Deep, an EP about years spent depressed and high, self-exiled from family and desperate for love.
Elephant and Castle, who produced and co-wrote the EP, is signed to Plug Research, and has worked with Tune-Yards, dd_elle, Naytronix, and a host of other genre-bending, pocket-stretching r&b influenced acts.
Tolliver found Elephant and Castle via Craigslist; he’s actually found most collaborators there, gems in a sea of not gems. They’re currently working on a full-length that will expand their sound to include gospel harmonies, murky chords and macabre lyrics.
"A beautiful falsetto can stop you in your tracks and make the hairs on your body feel like bayonets. It almost sounds unholy, as though someone’s hitting notes that only animals with hyper-sensitive hearing should be able to hear. Wild Beasts, Anthony, and Shamir are three of the most adept at floating effortlessly. It’s probably time to add Tolliver to that category."-Jeff Weiss, LA Weekly/Passion of the Weiss
"The EP is a minimalist dream, seductively soulful and sparse-- offering a retrospective on failed relationships and a cynical gateway into future R&B."-Sarah Stanley-Ayre, City Pages Minneapolis
"The EP features Tolliver’s falsetto flying over burbling electronic tracks, miles away both musically and thematically from the buoyant soul of Tolliver’s band Black Diet."-Aaron Bolton, Minnesota Public Radio/The Current