No longer limiting himself to “strange sounds,” Tony Dark offers up The Tony Dark Experience to all willing to listen.

If you were in Houston last night and happened to find yourself at half-bar, now half-music venue Alley Kat, you might have witnessed something magical. You might have watched as upstart creative collective Hustlegrade joined forces with producer/DJ/artist Tony Dark to bring his latest album, The Tony Dark Experience, to life a day ahead of its  release date. Those in attendance might agree that it really WAS an “experience” – one at which Houston’s Redbeard unselfishly allowed Alex Harris, Brice Blanco, and Kvng David to perform onstage. One at which Dark’s partner-in-crime, C.I.T.Y. Chronicles, rocked the mic before an awed audience. One at which Doeman displayed his usual showmanship and teased never-before-heard material. Oh, and one at which the LP itself was premiered, as well.

For those who couldn’t make it out on Sunday, Monday brought good news and relief, as Tony Dark officially dropped his The Tony Dark Experience project first thing in the morning. It marks Dark’s first full project of the year, and comes on the heels of last year’s The Strange Sounds of Vincent Stevens series.

TTDE bears features from Doeman, Bobby Earth, Guilty Simpson, Sundown of Actual Proof (not on presumed lead single “2:40 TYPE SH*T” which doesn’t appear on TTDE; but rather on the equally poignant “Crazy 101”), George Young, Brice Blanco, and a few other collaborators, as well.

But Houston’s Redbeard knows what listeners might expect from him, knows what a “Houston artist” is often pigeonholed into being; and instead of going in that direction, Tony Dark chooses to go in his own. There’s Tony, George Young, and Grand National getting their Bone Thugs N’Harmony on over a smooth soul sample on “Starry Night.” There’s the funky, oh so summer ready feel of the Manuel Beltran-assisted “Hurricane.” Hip-hop purists will crack a smile at “Time Traveling.” And there’s the debate that will ensue as to which track has the better Doeman feature between “Better Dayz” and “Swerve.” Each of its 14 tracks offer something different, something distinctive… its literal own, individual “experience.”

Stream Tony Dark’s The Tony Dark Experience in full for yourself down below; and be sure to the grab the album now off the artist’s Bandcamp page here.

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