Last month we announced our first official album release by Northside Chicago producer Sev Seveer with an exclusive promo. Since his feature on our third podcast, Seveer has quickly become one of our favorite up and coming producers of today. Constant Elevation: Odessa Star is a cohesive 30-minute song cycle on one track, it is his first official release since 2008 and we our honored to share it with you!
Beats of All-Nations presents Sev Seveer “Constant Elevation: Odessa Star”
((Produced Live by Sev Seveer // Additional Credits: Uncle_EL & megiapa // Cover Art: RasOm))
Words By Sev Seveer:
“Constant Elevation: Odessa Star is the soundtrack to my dementia-riddled late-grandmother’s journey through cosmic space at age 91. It is the sonic narration of my experience caring for a person who has lost their mind. A juxtaposition of the two circumstances that I find most terrifying- being lost in space with no control, compared to being an otherwise sober-minded person gradually witnessing the loss of their mental capacity– as I have come to imagine that the two circumstances may be very similar.
About 70% of the final product was recorded improvisational in two single-take sessions. Ultimately I strung those sessions together along with individual additions and chose to go with a 29-minute recording as opposed to individual tracks— to further simulate a lack of control in a lost-in-space/lost-in-mind circumstance. Thus, this release is truly for advanced listeners only. It is not straight beats all the way through, in fact there are really only about 5 or 6 beats here. The recording is more of a journey that explodes into beat music on occasion.
With the various parts I had the word “movement” more in mind: there are 8 “movements” in CEOS, all of which are the main themes of the perception of Odessa’s experience. The movements are: Confidence, Dementia/The Humbling, The Spiral/Reduction, Farewell, The Journey, Stress/Chaos, Finding Humor in Pain, and Clarity.
On the last sequence. Clarity, I had the opportunity to record the duet with megiapa, a Chicago-based Ohio born artist who is truly talented vocally and on production as well. Look out for her! I’d like to also credit John Robinson (aka lil sci) for the lyric that provided the title and concept for this release. the lyric “Constant Elevation through the soundwaves and radio stations” is from “U.S.A” by Scienz of Life.
Sev Seveer comes from the Northside of Chicago, with a background of journalism, in college he participated in Hip Hop Congress, hosted and DJed radio shows from “Beats n Rhymes” on WPGU 107.1 to “The Hip Hop Project” on WLUW 88.7 FM. He has managed to find time in all of that to create his own path with music. With many releases under his belt, some of his most notable works include Freddie Gibbs’ “Terrorist (Seveer Transmission Remix)” as well as featured releases with Pragmatic Theory, Push Beats Chicago and composing bed music for The Roy Ayers Project. No stranger to the live element, Sev has plugged in and played his SP and Kaoss Pad at SXSW for the last two years (2013: DJ Set, 2014: Beat Set), featured at Beat Swapmeet and opened for Elaquent. Beats of All-Nations Radio (Episode 003) along with fellow Chicagoan Radius on is an excellent showcase of the span of his production variation.