The Returners EP

by Mega Ran x Phill Harmonix

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That old boom bap, courtesy of Ran and Phill. Old School beats meet new school skills. The Returners.
@PhillHarmonix
@MegaRan

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT "THE RETURNERS TOUR," a 5 day Japan trip in which Phill, Ran and friends will record, perform and see the sights in Japan, while adding additional footage to the Kickstarter project documentary.

Mega Ran and Phill Harmonix Release The Returners EP to Fund Japan Tour

PHOENIX, AZ -

Mega Ran, who seems to never stop producing, is at it again with new release “The Returners EP.” The album is split between Ran and frequent collaborator Phill Harmonix, with all tracks being produced by DJ AAROCK.

The album’s proceeds will assist with costs for the trio’s upcoming 5 day Japan tour of the same name. As opposed to seeking funds through today’s crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, they opted to create and album and let the donations fund the tour, in addition to enlisting small businesses to back the tour in exchange for ad space on tour materials.

“It’s the old fashioned model, which is a lot of what this album represents,” Ran says. “This album is a throwback to the old school that shaped and molded all three of us, so it was only right to go directly to the people.” T-Shirt company TheYetee.com has agreed to sponsor the tour at the highest level, creating shirts, album cover and tour promo images.

The tour, which starts March 21 and ends March 25, will hit Tokyo, Kyoto and Yokohama. It is Ran’s 3rd trip to Japan, AAROCK’s 6th, and Phill’s first. While there, Ran and crew will record interviews and additional footage for Ran’s previously kickstarted Blu-ray documentary project, as well as collaborate with some of Japan’s best musicians such as chip musician Kunio, DJ/producer Volta Masters, game composer Motohiro Kawashima (Shinobi, Streets of Rage 3).

The title is an ode to the resistance outfit of the same name from the Super Nintendo classic game “Final Fantasy VI.” Ran and Phill hope to have a journey that will be talked about for years to come much like this classic video game.

View The Returners Tour dates at megaranjapan.com and listen to The Returners EP at megaranmusic.com.

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released 11 March 2014

Lyrics by R. Jarbo and P. Hanson.
Production by DJ AAROCK
Except "The Gift" produced by Fingaz
and "Traveler" produced by Arnor Gislason
Mixed by Brian Gigerich at HKS Studios, Glendale, AZ
Mastered by The Jokerr

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People will remember Ran for his daring leap from teaching into video game remixing which led to a Capcom cosign, but Random's penchant for storytelling has impressed gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop's harshest critics. An incredible impromptu "freestyle" MC, Ran's unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way all over the world. ... more

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Track Name: Traveler (for Aaron)
Phill Harmonix
From a humble beginning, to pass in a tragedy
Traveling he entered, and disappeared rapidly
Steps that he took, influenced by the gravity
We all feel, but where he looked to change was the reality
Of human rights, in regard to information
He wanted knowledge to soar free, an integration
Of the world’s population at large
Information, accessed without a charge
Anyone can benefit, no one is barred
There’s no paywall and no greed serving law
In following this path in life he stepped over
Lines of draconian laws and rights owners
Regrettably, he made a choice to leave
We chased him away for wanting to be, now imagine
What else he could have taught us, the ideas discovered
As far as beliefs, he was a brother
Continue on your journey



Random
tragedy of the commons, borderline genius
Who dropped outta college, but never stopped dreaming
Vanished too soon, though he's still traveling
Champion to many but living unhappily
Because of a belief information shouldn't be padlocked
Equal access to the haves and have nots
Taught us to demand progress, stood up to congress
And showed us that justice is a gradual process,
Victim of a system, mistreated and slandered
For fighting for the Fundamental rights we take for granted
Why shouldn't knowledge should be free of charge
Not absurd for a country that claims belief in God
Charges piling up, he saw no other way
the ultimate price, he would soon pay
yet in 26 years, he learned what Professors Can't teach
still traveling places that mortals can't reach
The Traveler