While stylistically, Indie Rock and Hip-Hop really don't have all that much in common, the 2 genres are actually fairly similar... aesthetically. Since their now "ancient" inceptions, Indie and Hip-Hop have always been marked by D.I.Y. roots and word-of-mouth promotion; It also seems as though the various musicians and fans of the respective genres maintain a mutual respect for each other's craft. All the while (since about 1980), they've somehow managed to co-exist and thrive as separate, yet similar entities. So, when Indie/Hip-Hop just so happen to intertwine, it usually isn't THAT much of a shocker.
Speaking with NME back in August 2011, The Big Pink mentioned that Hip-Hop was shaping up to be a major influence on their upcoming sophomore album, Future This... more specifically, Dr. Dre. A few months later, Cordell-Furze and 4AD then proceeded to recruit MPC Instrumentalist [beatsmith], AraabMUZIK to re-work lead single, "Stay Gold." Slowly edging into the Indie Rock world, Abraham Orellana -- fairly well-known for his production work with Cam'ron & Vado, The Diplomats, Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, and Jim Jones -- added his signature MPC riffs/adlibs, while keeping "Stay Gold"'s core integrity fully intact. Again, The Big Pink's long-awaited follow-up record, Future This is slated for a Jan. 2012 release. Stay tuned, as further release specs. will be announced shortly.