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If you want to understand where Alexander Spit is coming from, consider the abridged ingredients list that fueled his commercial debut, A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside: an iMac, ProTools, a piano, a four-track recorder, two 11x17 drawing sketchbooks, cigarettes, marijuana, beer, whiskey, MDMA and psilocybin.
Mushrooms and molly are off today's menu on a bright February Friday afternoon at Spit's two-bedroom apartment in Virgil Village. The Bay Area-bred producer-rapper of Filipino ancestry is sticking to softer psychedelics, twisting spliffs with scientific precision.
It's a welcome respite from a frenzied six weeks. The 25-year-old born Alexander Manzano just released his first album for respected indie-rap imprint Decon, played Last Call With Carson Daly, and dropped a highly praised, "Method-acted" music video re-creation of Hunter S. Thompson's trek from L.A. to Las Vegas -- in which Spit's drugs took hold well before the edge of the desert. It encapsulates the doom-laden vibes and berserk distortion of his breakout record.More »