Planet B is yet another of the projects that Justin Pearson is involved with. We’ve been slack over the last few months, but here’s the rundown on their new album and all the music videos they’ve released.
So when Pearson isn’t making new albums or touring with Dead Cross he’s got so many other projects that I lose count. In November his project with Luke Henshaw, Planet B, released their self-titled album jointly on Patton’s Ipecac Recordings and Pearson’s Three One G Records.
You may be familiar with some of the artists involved with the project, namely Kool Keith who appeared on Peeping Tom (2006), and Gabe Serbian from the Locust who was the previous vocalist for Dead Cross.
Here’s how Ipecac Records describes the album:
Dropped down amongst the knobs and dials of Penguin Studio in San Diego, rogue avatars Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, Retox, The Locust) and Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera) have created Planet B with the shared purpose of creating music both mischievous in sound and sobering in
message. The two had worked together in varying capacities prior to Planet B’s formation, including Luke’s remix of Justin’s “A Pig’s Orphan”, contributions to the soundtrack of Asia Argento’s film Incompresa, as well as “Variations in the Key of Afterlife”, an otherworldly opus featuring Gabe Serbian and Luke. Planet B, however, marked the beginning of a full-on melding of these preternatural minds,
successfully integrating key aspects of these musicians’ stylistic strengths and playing off of one another with purpose.
The duo’s music lays somewhere just out of reach of
genre, with aesthetics rooted in hip hop, hardcore punk, turntablism, and 70s-80s horror movie soundtracks. It is catchy, heavily percussive, and eerie all
at once. Henshaw’s fantastical sci-fi accompaniments utilize Justin’s whistling UFO vibrato, for example, and apply it to dark and distorted electrical hums, claps, and marching band drum beats. Here, no sound is beyond their experimental scope.
After releasing a solo 7” as well as a split 7” collaboration with legendary turntablists Invisible Skratch Piklz, Planet B’s latest album is the impressively imaginative outcome of all their interdimensional
efforts and collaborations. Here, they have created their first full-length LP, with no shortage of assistance from a slew of incredibly influential and unique musicians including Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon), Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Head Wound City), Gabe Serbian (The Locust, Head Wound City), Sonny Kay (Year Future, creator of GSL Records), Martin Atkins (PIL, Killing Joke), and Joseph Karam (The Locust).
Planet B Music Videos
Plant B have been extremely busy with the music videos, releasing four videos in the last 2 months. Here they are.
Planet B – Crustfund (Feat. Kool Keith)
Planet B – Disease Control