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The debut Hip Hop album from Joe Kovacs, exclusively on Xiilab

DAYS OF PLAGUE & VICE

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Days of Plague & Vice - Digital Download, 14 Tracks, WAV or MP3

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Limited Edition Screen printed Sweat & Tee by Kovacs

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Days of Plague & Vice is a 14 track hip hop project produced by Joe Kovacs released on Xiilab. Kovacs produced the album, artwork, Mind F*ck shirts, WALTER Video and the site. Download the album and enjoy immunity from the majority of New World Order death-camps with the covert 64-Bit 'Stop! I'm one of you!' ID codes, included in every download. Yo, you're welcome.

Behind the light hearted images of toxic attacks, the death of the planet, apathy, self-imposed stupidity, mass extinction, mass surveillance, brutal police regimes under the control of shadowy corporations, crazed world leaders, your own complicity, and those cheery babies in burger buns, there is a darker side to the Plague Project that you might miss if you don't look a little closer.

Days of Plague & Vice was written at a time when the world was on the brink of it's own annihilation at the hands of our greedy and evil leaders, and in a very real sense, our own lazy fucking mindless attitudes. We were scared and frightened, and no longer knew ourselves, and so faced down the unknown future in complete denial, dressed in vague identities cobbled together from shit magazines, online Vlogs and reality tv shows. But thankfully we saw sense and got our shit together, and avoided the enevitable fucking trite, hashtag-laden apocalypse. And although peace now reigns and we stand united as one people, living in harmony, I still feel the Plague project is relevant somehow, even if only as a historical document, a precious reminder of how close we came to wiping everything the fuck out.

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Days of Plague & Vice - Joe Kovacs

MP3 £5 | WAV £ 7

14 tracks, 320 kbps MP3 / 16-Bit WAV + Cover Artwork

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Chow down on a diet of bullshit & propoganda, accompanied with a side serving of our own suicidally lazy conceited fucking hubris. Days of Plague & Vice is available exclusively on Xiilab. Pick up a copy and I'll save you a seat underground when everything goes to fuckedville ♥

Days of Plague & Vice is written and produced by Joe Kovacs and recorded in London, Cornwall and Germany. Read more about making the album here.

  • 01 Prelude (Skit)
  • 02 Days Of Plague & Vice
  • 03 W.A.L.T.E.R
  • 04 Everyday
  • 05 My My My
  • 06 Non Serviam
  • 07 A Change
  • 08 A Love Song
  • 09 One Kiss Goodnight
  • 10 Prying Little Eyes
  • 11 Some Piece Of Mind
  • 12 Terror City
  • 13 Epilogue (Skit)
  • 14 Slow Down

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Plague Code Sweatshirt, Screenprint

Plague Code T-Shirt, Screenprint

Album Artwork, Giclée 330gsm

Days of Plague & Vice, Digital Download

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  • UK - delivery is £3 or free for orders over £50
  • EU - delivery is £8
  • USA & Rest of World - delivery is £14

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CODE SWEATSHIRT

Plague Code Sweatshirt + Album Download

£38

Digital Album + Limited Edition screen printed Plague Code sweatshirt.

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The Plague Code Sweat designed & illustrated by Kovacs. Once decoded, the mind-altering sequence of symbols will free you from the prison of your own mind*. It's the t-shirt they don't want you to own. Includes free album download.

* May not free you from the prison of your own mind

  • Screen Printed onto 80% Heavyweight Cotton Stock
  • Plague Green on Black
  • Custom 'Plague X' label
  • Wash at 30°C / 85°F

Sizes: Inches / Centimeters

Small Medium Large XL
Width 52cm 56cm 60cm 64cm
Body Length 69cm 72cm 75cm 78cm
Small Medium Large XL
Width 20.5" 22" 23.6" 25.2"
Body Length 27" 28.3" 29.5" 30.7"
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  • EU - delivery is £8
  • USA & Rest of World - delivery is £14

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CODE T‑SHIRT

Plague Code T-Shirt + Album Download

£28

Digital Album + Limited Edition screen printed Plague Code T-Shirt.

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The Plague Code T-Shirt designed & illustrated by Kovacs. The evil twin to the Plague Code Sweatshirt. The Insta-Awake™ symbols on the front of the shirt will immediately cause brain paralysis* in any politician, member of the press, ad-agency friend, anyone who contributes to the f*cking circus of lies that slowly chips away at your once vaguely objective sense of how the world works.

* Not "scientifically" proven to paralyse brains

  • Screen Printed onto 100% 6oz Cotton Stock
  • Plague Green on Black
  • Custom 'Plague X' label
  • Wash at 30°C / 85°F

Sizes: Inches / Centimeters

Small Medium Large XL
Width 46cm 51cm 56cm 61cm
Body Length 71cm 73.5cm 76cm 79cm
Small Medium Large XL
Width 18" 20" 22" 24"
Body Length 28" 29" 30" 31"
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  • EU - delivery is £8
  • USA & Rest of World - delivery is £14

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ALBUM ARTWORK

Limited Edition Heavyweight Prints

A3 £35 | A2 £60

Original Album Art by Kovacs + Digital Album

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We are literally eating our own babies*. Deluxe Giclée print on heavyweight 330gsm archival stock, designed and illustrated by Kovacs + Digital Album. Available as Large (A3) or XL (A2), signed & numbered.

* Not literally

  • Limited Edition Giclée print
  • Archival Inks
  • Somerset 330 gsm stock
  • Signed & Numbered

Sizes in inches (Width x Height)

  • A2 - 16.53" x 23.39"
  • A3 - 11.69" x 16.53"
  • UK - delivery is £3 or free for orders over £50
  • EU - delivery is £8
  • USA & Rest of World - delivery is £14

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The Official Plague Music Video

In a future not so far from our own, humanity stands on the brink of total absorbtion into the shitty virtual world of the web, having lowered their standards so much everyone thought it would just be fun, why not haha YOLO. Through a secret portal behind a broken ATM, Kovacs will travel to the very heart of this terrible realm and do battle with the evil machines feeding on our dying souls, threatening to lay waste to the once beautiful world where our proud and noble species had lived in peace for nearly two whole weeks once.

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"A bit like Blade Runner" - said no one ever

THE PLAGUE PROJECT

Days of Plague and Vice is a multimedia hip hop project produced under the Kovacs alias and released on Xiilab. Drawing on a necessary and healthy fear for the worlds stealthy slide into this dystopian future, I put together an album that set out to collect some of my thoughts and ideas under one title. I think somewhere I was also dealing with the slow climb out of too many years camped out under a cloud of weed smoke and was dealing with all of the associated problems I faced when I started coming around. I suppose I was angry at waking up and finding there was this real world out there, and it didn't look so pretty to me. I pulled together a load of material, ideas for tracks, guitar riffs I caught on a little hand held recorder, all salvaged from many late night writing sessions, and started producing the tracks in different spare rooms around London and Cornwall. When I was close to finished I took the main tracks and holed up in an old farm on the South coast of England, recording the main vocal tracks and overdubs in a disused shower.

Peter Muller did a great job of tying the disparate recordings together, mixing and mastering the album in his studio in Bremen, adding live & programmed bass to more than half the project, and kicking my ass when I wanted to start over with the project at the eleventh hour. Frank Mead played Sax, Flute and Harmonica on One Kiss Goodnight, WALTER, Everyday and Some Piece of Mind, and to this day winces at the slightly out of tune soprano riff on WALTER but everyone knows it's killer. Tim Weller's live drum parts were sampled in his South East London drum studio and snuck onto a bunch of different tracks, and Joe Bromfield's cuts appear on Prying Little Eyes.

My two mates Tom Fisher and Jeremy Stout made a huge contribution to the WALTER video, helping develop the main concept, building models, wiring dangerous miniature lights into the set, shooting sequences, and making sure the video never took itself too seriously. Andrea Harkin provided the only real professional feedback during the shoot, and support throughout the entire Plague project. Simon Wye nipped up from a couple of doors down and provided LED panels and decent lighting when cheap torches and Desk lamps weren't cutting it. David Yeboah helped with the final sequences, and stopped me acting like a d*ckhead when I wanted to keep changing stuff. Thanks Dee.

The cover art was inspired by a sketch I did after taking a trip to a fast food chain, badly hungover, where I swear I saw the beast of commerce appear briefly in the heat above the grills - It was one of those moments where I was certain the whole world was truly fucked. The Mind F*ck / Plague Code Shirts made their way into the mix towards the end of the project. If there's something I know in my heart it's that we'll only find our way through these strange times with a little peace and self reflection, but to do that we need to turn off the constant fucking noise. The final piece of the project was the Plague web build itself, which I coded by hand, and seemed like a wicked idea at the time. Turned out it was like being punched in eye over and over again, but so it goes.

I put a lot of hours into the different elements making up the project. Maybe I changed whilst I was making it - A lot of days, deep down I know the only solution to the ills out there, are love and acceptance, finding your own way which is ultimately a shared way, riding the currents of chaos, grateful for the minutes and the hours, finding that place where we all connect, and I feel like I don't want to be putting anything like this out into the world, anything that isn't filled with those kind of simpler truths...But then there are other days where I feel like I should be out on the street screaming at people right in their faces, to open up their fucking eyes.

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THE WALTER VIDEO

WALTER is the first video project on xiilab - I took what I'd learned from the years building film sets for a prestigious film school in the UK, ignored it all, and ended up filming myself pissing on a sheet of glass whilst my two pals took advantage of the sweet £50 p/d I was paying them to make the video with me. I'd been high a few years earlier and thought it'd be amazing if I selfied myself rapping then slotted the phone into a miniature tv so it looked like I was performing on the television (if only) and the idea grew from there.

In a DIY studio in the garden of a rented flat in South East London, unpretentiously called V.A.L.I.S from the Philip K Dick Novel of the same name, we set about meticulously recreating an alleyway out of crap purchased from Lewisham Poundland. It took about 6 days to build the set, and maybe 10 days to film. With a combination of cheap torches taped erratically to mic stands, replicating more expensive high-end studio rigs, we pieced the project together following a storyboard developed over at least an hour. At the end of each day's filming I locked myself in the studio and recorded the main selfie footage using a broken old camera-phone with a mirror parcel-taped to the screen so I could see if I was in shot. The final magical effect was completed by waving a torch over my head to create drama.

Finally the insane looking selfie footage was uploaded onto three mobile phones and an iPad, which were slotted into model tv's, a billboard, bustop and a quarter of a phone screen peaking through the atm. To finish off the set we balanced a monitor on a pile of books behind a cardboard bridge, to accurately simulate the sky, providing us with a variety of extremely realistic atmospheric lighting conditions. Through a trial and error filled week and a half, we shot the various sequences, angrily prodding smart-phone screens to try and start the main selfie video clips, battling with shoddily wired model street lights, and shouting words like action and cut, and roll sound, because it seemed like the right thing to do. It was wicked, I think I used most of what we shot, a couple of scenes where Tom is making a zombie fuck a deer never made the cut.

After piecing together the clusterfuck of video files, I completed the editing and animated sections using a knocked off piece of well known editing software, and bored friends and family over the coming year with impromtu 'screenings' and angrily asked them why they hadn't noticed the subtle and invisible changes I promised I'd made.

Some people have called the video 'a bit dark', sorry, here's a cat riding a duck and a video on chinups... Massive thanks to Tom, Jeremy, and all those who gave their time and help, much respect.

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