The OG Edition / 2014
The sophomore effort from The Illusionists finds the Dallas-duo at their darkest and most compelling. Crackling with slinky bass lines, orchestral string arrangements, soaring horns, and boasting a single, extremely rare production assist from Brooklyn/Dallas’ own Rob Viktum (“For the Love”), Transposition Theory is a decidedly intense departure from the smooth, jazz-infused feel of their debut, Masks & Façades (2007).
The faction’s trademark melody-driven, atmospheric tone still resides throughout much of the collection, which follows their fictional protagonist as he journeys away from the stage and down the rabbit hole on the opener (“Rabbit Hole/Sinister”), through another dimension immersing himself in the dark arts (“Cloud 9 Still”); paying the price along the twisted path through his own pschye (the uptempo “Vertigo” and “Vengeance”). As the album progresses, the listener will slowly come to the realization that they are walking alongside the Illusionist as he gives in to his own desires and obsessions; each track painting a skewed tapestry of darkness (“Chillaxation” and “Slow Burn”).
Executive Producers: Nate “The Kid Flames” Smith & K.D. “Tha Produce Man” White / Produced by The Illusionists for Back Roads to Eastland/Fresh Produce / Mixed & Mastered by Nate “The Kid Flames” Smith at The Pantages, Dallas, Texas / Additional Production & Mixing on “For the Love” by Rob Viktum for Low Post Music / Art Direction & Layout by Nate “The Kid Flames” Smith
RELEASED / OCT 31 2014