Denver’s own BLK HRTS, the vowel-less, goth-rap trio has inked a deal with ORG Records and announced a collaboration with Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio. Back in August Yonnas Abraham (aka Yorrissey), F.O.E, and Karma were offered a deal with ORG after the label caught wind of the band’s EPK which included the video for “OVR.” After making the label details final back in October, the band announced it will work exclusively with Sitek on production for the album, “JZBL JNKNS.”
Yonnas told Reverb the band had to re-make all of the samples for JZBL JNKNS and when approached by Jeff Bowers from ORG, the idea to bring in Dave Sitek was golden.
“Jeff Bowers from the label hooked that up. He reached out to us first and when we were talking he asked me who I wanted to work with on the album and suggested Dave. I couldn’t believe it but he called me back a week later and said Dave was all in,” Abraham said.
Still, the MC needed some convincing that the collaboration wasn’t too good to be true.
“I told Jeff to have him call me,” he said, “Dave calls me like, ‘yo is this Yonnas? Ay, this is Dave.’ I was so shocked because ‘Return to Cookie Mountain’ is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. It’s just a beautiful album and I have a ton of respect for him and he’s always been a huge influence of mine. It’s just amazing.”
As for the album itself, BLK HRTS has recorded all the vocals with Nathan Reid of Mercury Sauce and Sitek will soon add his magic touch.
Abraham said the band will likely head to Los Angeles to work with Sitek and put the final touches on the album. The trio is keeping mum on official release dates but the ball is definitely rolling.
As for the deal itself, BLK HRTS couldn’t be happier.
“We have a great opportunity with ORG. They have great relationships with indie record stores throughout the country that are really starving for some really good hip-hop. We went out to NY for CMJ’s and met with Andrew Rossiter and couldn’t be in a better place with what they offered us,” Abraham said.
Ru Johnson is an arts and culture music writer living in Denver. You can follow her on Twitter here.