Free Album: John Dew – Tech-NASA
H-Town rapper John Dew is excited to release his new album, Tech-NASA. The album is being offered to fans for free download, while John Dew will release a deluxe version of the project, including three new songs, for sale through digital retailers on October 1st.
The title, Tech-NASA, draws creative inspiration his hometown’s alias Space City, flipping the concept with an acronym (Taking Earth Children Higher: Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications) that reflects the cleverness that shows up throughout the album. “Taking Earth Children Higher means that I want to take mankind to the next level mentally, musically, and spiritually,” explains Dew, while adding that NASA has it’s own special meaning. “Navigating Audio Sonic Amplifications means that I want to purposely direct my sound waves into the soul of a person.”
The album itself, was inspired by two of John Dew’s biggest idols, J Dilla and Pimp C. “The concept was to have the sound of a Dilla album with the conscious content and southern influence of Pimp C,” notes Dew. And although he doesn’t have the ability to produce his own albums the way those two legends did, John was able to keep things cohesive by enlisting the production efforts of DJ Cozmos, who lends his touch throughout the LP. “I always wanted to do an album,” explains Dew, “where I only had one great producer that could carry the load of the album’s music, while I focused on the concepts and lyrics for the song.”
The success of their efforts shines through on songs like “Hiatus,” a song that also enlists Chris Rockaway, who plays live bass on the track. “It’s the perfect dirty south song,” remarks Dew, who also considers it the most UGK-influenced song on the album. “I wanted people to feel like they were on a get away when they listened to the track, it’s just smooth and relaxing.”
And “Hiatus,” along with previous singles like “King On A Throne” and “What’s Stopping You,” are just a few examples of the overall growth Dew shows off through the album, a project he considers to be leaps above his previous solo work. “Tech-NASA is a culmination of all my influences, but I also found my own voice on this album, and people can hear me for who I am now,” says Dew. “I believe on this project I have finally given my fans what they want.”
Download John Dew’s Tech-NASA here.
Download “Hiatus” here.