Falling somewhere on the spectrum between the confessionals of Atmosphere and dark heart of Cage, and inspired by the delivery and ethos of the legendary Eyedea, Seattle-based emcee Sadistik has been a force on the indie scene for the better part of a decade, opening for artists such as Lupe Fiasco and collaborating with the likes of Sage Francis, Astronautalis and Ceschi. He began Ultraviolet as an exercise in creativity, pushing himself to never take a day off and make the best album of his career for the second year in a row.
With production from SXMPLELIFE, Eric G, Maulskull and Kid Called Computer and guest shots from Eyedea, Lotte Kestner, Tech N9ne, Sticky Fingaz and Nacho Picasso, Ultraviolet peels back the layers behind Foster’s synesthesia and reveals the colorful terrain just out of reach in the daytime when “the skies cry 365”. He details a shifting Pacific Northwest cloud cover while referencing everyone from Orwell to Burroughs and examining the self in the era of surveillance and diminishing returns.
Ultraviolet is Sadistik’s unabashed nosedive into the subconscious mind, a three dimensional portrait painted in hues of psychosis and psychedelia. Drawing on his background in clinical psychology and cinematic predilections, he creates a richly layered world of his own and offers the listener a passing glimpse through the keyhole.
Ultraviolet hit #1 on the CMJ Hip Hop Top 40 Chart, and was also named one of the Top 20 Hip Hop albums of 2014 by CMJ.
- “Over dreary production, Sadistik kicks things off with a verse that’s reminiscent of Eyedea in some ways. Content-wise, [Chemical Burns] is introspective but confrontational, and it avoids the traditional flow.” – Pigeons and Planes
- “Sadistik chose to shatter my preconceived notions on ‘Ultraviolet’…. It’s artistic growth from a man perceived as already being fully mature.” – RapReviews
- “Seattle-based hip hop artist Sadistik definitely lives up to his name…I literally sat speechless for hours trying to grasp it all before I could even begin to write anything down.” – URB Magazine
- “On ‘Death Warrant’, all [Sadistik’s] aggression is directed towards his competition, not the listener. With Eric G.‘s lush, atmospheric synth grooves as his backdrop, Sadistik lets loose at sucker emcees.” – DJBooth.net