Scottish electronic duo Post Coal Prom Queen have collaborated with some of Scotland’s most exceptional rap talent to create an ambitious hip hop concept album – Music for Hypercapitalists – with its first single Dragon’s Jaw (ft. Conscious Route) released on the 29th of July 2021. The proceeds from this release will be donated to the Refuweegee charity.
Music for Hypercapitalists is a series of visions of the future told through a cyberpunk lens. The listener is taken through a satirical job interview for the unpaid role of “Junior Intern Assistant Hypercapitalist’, where each track of the album is an answer to one of the seemingly-innocuous questions. Themes of late stage capitalism, race, self-motivation and much more are explored in the vocal contributions from Jackal Trades, Texture, Conscious Route, Somnia, Empress and Miles Better – all of whom are at the top of their game.
From Jackal Trades’ vivid storytelling to Texture’s hyper-verbosity to Somnia’s avant-garde delivery, Music for Hypercapitalists showcases the diverse landscape of Scottish hip hop and the potential of inter-genre collaboration. Post Coal Prom Queen bring their unique blend of retrofuturism and cinematic arrangements to the production, lending the album the sinister alt-pop atmosphere the duo are known for.
The project came about in summer 2020 when PCPQ invited some of their favourite rappers to add vocals to demos they were working on, asking them to write on a general theme of cyberpunk. As the lyrical themes emerged the job interview concept began to take shape, leading to Lily taking on the role of the interviewer.
Music for Hypercapitalists will be released on all major digital platforms on the 12th of August 2021. A limited edition physical release – which will be via a QR code printed onto a pack of ramen noodles, classic cyberpunk fare and all a Junior Intern Assistant Hypercapitalist could afford to eat – will also be available on the 12th of August.
Conscious Route will join PCPQ live on stage to perform ‘Dragon’s Jaw’ during their special Saturday night performance at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh on the 18th of September.