Steal This Track: M.T.H.D.S and Ryan Michael Redders - Reverb

Steal This Track: M.T.H.D.S and Ryan Michael Redders

M.T.H.D.S. will release its second LP on September 25. Photo by Jake Mcghee.

This week we’ve got genre-defying hip-hop from M.T.H.D.S. featuring Chali 2na and topical folk from Ryan Michael Redders.

Denver’s M.T.H.D.S. (Music That Heightens Different Senses) is a potpourri of various styles, from rock to hip-hop and all points in-between. On “Influences,” featured here for you to steal, the six-piece live band presents a fairly exhaustive list of the artists that – yes, influenced them. Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, the Ramones – nearly the entire canon of popular music is represented. Most remarkably, they enlisted the baritone rhymes of Chali 2na (Jurassic 5, Ozomatli) to perform on the track. A founding member of Ozomatli, Chali 2na knows how to use every crayon in the box to color the music. Beginning with acoustic guitar, before dropping into a jam groove, moving through a Trey Anastasio-sounding guitar melody, and concluding as a rock jam – all the while MCs rhyming on top – “Influences” is a musical tour of what has inspired M.T.H.D.S. The band will release “Pretty Deep,” its second LP, on Sept. 25 through its website.

Indie-folk artist Ryan Michael Redders is student at Colorado State. Photo courtesy of artist.

Sometimes an event affects us so profoundly that musicians feel compelled to write about it. (Think: Neil Young and the Kent State shootings, Toby Keith and 9/11, Rebecca Black and most Fridays.) For Ryan Michael Redders, who has recorded as Subliminal Walrus, Colorado’s 2012 fire season was such an event.  The 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist witnessed a blood red sunset at the Telluride Bluegrass festival, and wrote “Fires of 2012.” Redders indie-folk style is aligned with the rich history of topical folk music. A Colorado State student from Durango, Redders usually writes a song and records it in a single day, playing all instruments and releasing it on his Soundcloud page. Though the song title is lacking, the song is truly lovely, topical or not. Redders has an honest voice, which he layers well a-la Bon Iver, and uses subtle and well-placed elements like whistling for a nice arrangement. Download it here for free.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration.

Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and a new contributor to Reverb. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. His day job is at Geeks Who Drink. Seriously.