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Future Islands’ Sam Herring and Madlib team up as Trouble Knows Me

Herring revitalizes his Hemlock Ernst persona with some first class beats

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Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands isn’t exactly a stranger to the rap game. Now, the man otherwise known as Hemlock Ernst is taking things to the next level by teaming up with producer Madlib for a new project called Trouble Knows Me.

With Madlib on the boards and Hemlock on the flow, the pair will release a self-titled 12-inch on September 1st featuring three instrumentals and three rap tracks. A limited number of copies with screen-printed covers are available for purchase right now via Rappcats. Madlib will also be selling a few at his show tonight at Chicago’s The Mid, with covers screen printed right on site. They’ll also be sold at a Rappcats popup shop located at 5636 York Boulevard in Los Angeles on Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

To preview the release, they’ve shared the self-titled track, “Trouble Knows Me”. With a soulful back beat and his own vocals behind him, Herring … err, Hemlock spits lines like, “With a crumpled pack of Camels and a tarnished coke spoon/ Always thought I had potential more than most do.” Take a listen:

Trouble Knows Me Tracklist:
Side A:
01. Intro (Sensuous Cause)
02. Streetsweeper
03. Trouble Knows Me
04. Interlude (Vision Incomplete)
05. Celebrity Vision
06. Outro (Drums & Loops)

Side B:
Instrumentals of side A

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