Address: Asmali Mescit Mahallesi Terkos Cikmazi No:8/1 Beyoglu - Istanbul
2011 is the year ASM reach musical maturity in the shape of their sophomore album “Crown Yard”. The underlying flavour is the same optimistic true-school hip hop vibe that endeared them to listeners and live audiences all over Europe in their collaborative work with Wax Tailor and on their debut album “Platypus Funk”. What sets this record apart is the sophistication of the arrangements and the depth in which they explore the genres they had previously only touched upon: most notably the funk in its raw original form, but also Motown soul, roots reggae, and afrobeat.
The album sounds and feels like a 1970′s movie soundtrack, and while their bundled youthful energy shines through in every track, the depth of grooves, rhyming precision and musical complexity of Crown Yard send out a clear and bellowing message that ASM have well and truly arrived.
ASM first gained international recognition from their collaborative singles with Wax Tailor: ‘Positively Inclined’ & ‘Say Yes’, which appeared on the albums ‘Hope & Sorrow’ and ‘In The Mood For Life.’ Their record sales have exceded 100,000 copies and their track ‘Positively Inclined’ appeared on the soundtrack for the game NBA live ‘09 which sold over 2 million copies worldwide. ASM have toured all over Europe as a solo act and as support and in featuring with Wax Tailor including sold out shows at l’Olympa in Paris, a headline slot at Solidays Festival, and slots at Francofolies Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Garorock Festival, Hip Hop Kemp Festival.
ASM’s live show moves effortlessly between Funk, Hip Hop and Reggae and has seen them compared in their sound to the likes of Jurassic 5, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest. Principally composed of multi-national lyricists Green-T and FP, as well as DJ, VJ and MPC-wizard Fade, their live ensemble extends to include the ASM Brasserie horn section (Sax, Trombone and Trumpet) plus an array of other guest musicians when possible. In addition, ASM have added a visual component to the performance in the form of a full video show which is created to compliment their music and interact dynamically with live audiences.
With over 200 shows under their belt they are easily considered one of the top European Hip Hop acts touring today. They’ve been seen on stage and as tour support with the likes of Wax Tailor, Aloe Blacc, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Le Peuple de l’Herbe, Dub Inc, Ugly Duckling, CL Smooth, Pharaohe Monch, Peanut Butter Wolf, Max Romeo, Archive, Dj Vadim and many more.