‘Scotland has just emerged from one of the most turbulent, inspiring, unifying and yet divisive political campaigns in living memory. The new album by rapper, activist and writer Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey addresses the referendum result in an ambitious, multi-media project incorporating music, film, art and journalism. A veteran rapper and an important new voice in Scottish public life, Loki has recently been featured in Vice Magazine, NME Magazine and on national TV, and in front of huge crowds in George Square, Glasgow on the eve of the referendum.
Entirely crowdfunded by Loki’s fans, and aided by writing partner and singer/songwriter Becci Wallace, the album is Government Issue Music Protest – a dizzying, violent, by turns bleak and hilarious narrative about a journalist in a dystopian future Scotland. It’s a love story, an exposing of grim conspiracies and the petty machinations of politicians and the media. A searing narrative packed with brutally honest confessional, vivid and artfully constructed couplets, and dizzying, multi-layered narrative.
Available from 5 November as a limited-edition CD, or digital download in your choice of formats. Digital and physical copies also include a PDF of additional written material and exclusive art.’
“Scottish hip-hop’s Chairman of the Board.”
– The Skinny
“A piece of work that demands and deserves multiple listens… all wrapped up in a coherent time-travel dystopian audio-novel… Now there, as they say, is yir dinner.”
– Dave Hook, Stanley Odd
“An Orwellian dystopia where Dr. Peter Capaldi drives a Bitcoin-operated time machine between Gotham City and Govan with a smacked-up Marty McFly in the boot singing The Wall by Pink Floyd as the Doc cranks up Spotify… A masterpiece… layered with storylines and sub-plots, metaphors and philosophy, characters and narrative, sex and drugs, war and poverty, lies and integrity, love and hate, imagination and reality, genetically modified wasps and eh cats …. lyrically this is a work of art… They may even just be bumping it in the New Glasgow slums in the year 2034.”
– Mark McG, The Girobabies