Posted September 8, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Kool Keith and Thetan Team Up for Hypnotic New Music Video

Kool Keith and Thetan photo by David Brenner
Kool Keith and Thetan photo by David Brenner

Bronx-based rapper Kool Keith and Nashville duo Thetan just released a music video for “Hallucinations,” a woozy single from collaborative Space Goretex LP that Anti-Corporate Music released earlier this year.

The album features guest appearances from members of Gwar, Three 6 Mafia, Dwarves, Lost Dog Street Band and more. Space Goretex features special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.

Dan Emery and Fred Ones handled production duties with all post-production and Emery did the mastering at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Lost Dog Street Band, Krieg). Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man, Many Blessings) created the artwork.

The filming for “Hallucinations” took place in Brooklyn in early March, just days before the COVID-19 quarantine rules went into place in New York. Thetan’s Chad L’Eplattenier and Dan Emery flew to NYC where they connected with Kool Keith as well as David Brenner (Gridfailure), who filmed and directed the video between waves of storms at night on a Bushwick rooftop.

“‘Hallucinations’ video gonna make you forget every fucking thing you’re doing,” says Kool Keith in a statement. “It’s like a spell. This def gon gain me broader audience.”

“We filmed this video two weeks before everything shut the fuck down and one day after a tornado pummeled our hometown,” says L’Eplattenier.  “Regardless of those events, we planned on the video having manic and claustrophobic vibes to it, but it seems more fitting in hindsight. Keith held court on a rooftop with great NYC views. Skillfully dodging the dog shit and broken bottles that were strewn about all over the place, Keith tore through his badass moves like the pro that he is. It was a blast working with him. Many thanks to Ben [Levitt, of Megalophobe] for supplying the rooftop and our eternal gratitude goes out to Dave [Brenner], as he worked tirelessly arranging everything, and filming and editing a killer video.”

Space Goretex is out now on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital providers with merch options and more available at Anti-Corporate Music.

Space Goretex is the first album combining all of Kool Keith’s primary personas (Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, and Black Elvis). The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by L’Eplattenier and Emery.

Photo by David Brenner