Your favorite DJ savior returns, after an extended absence, with another mindnumbing full length exercise in future hip hop. 10 instrumental excursions into the world of Josh Davis (with a few extra interludes, of course), and as you might expect, the drum programming is top rate, intricate and detailed, with nice moody atmospherics and a few well chosen vocal bits laid over top for a great cinematic feel. Includes the epic "Blood On The Motorway", "Monosylabik", "Giving Up The Ghost" and "You Can't Go Home Again". CD
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". (Deep Funk, Hip Hop)CD
Frozen Explosion may not look as dope here as some of his NYC contemporaries – but the blue-eyed MC has the honor of being one of the few folks from the Chicago scene to cut a full length hip hop set back in the 80s! The record disappeared almost immediately upon release, even though it was issued by B-Boy Records on the east coast – but it's grown in interest over the decades, thanks to shouts by DJ Shadow and other hip hop historians! FE's maybe not going to knock MC Serch or Tony D out of the lineup, but the album's still got some nice moments – and titles include "Rapman", "Cold Kickin'", "Smashing", "Babs", 'Direct Contact", "Iwo Jima", "Rapaholics", "Mac Nife", "Beaver Jam", and "Cold Dub". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)
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The waaaay overlooked Latyrx LP! Lateef & Lyrics Born pretty much laid the groundwork for what was going to be some of the most adventurous underground hip hop to come out of Cali in the mid-to-late 90s – opening the door for Blackalicious, the J5 and others. DJ Shadow's great production on several of the best cuts is some of his punchiest work, and Blackalicious's Chief Xcel is at his peak on a few of the others. Lyrics Born's production work manages to reach similar highs, too – and his rhymes are even better. Essential! Includes "Latyrx", "Say That", "The Quickening", "Balcony Beach", "Funky Granules", "Bad News", "Burnt Pride" and more. Also includes bonus tracks "Looking Over A City" and "Last Trumpet". CD
An impressive blend of jazz and hazy hip hop beatcraft from Kiefer – his best yet! We dug Kiefer's earlier Kickinit Alone a lot, too, but Happysad feels like a next level effort. Jazz piano really stands out as the leading light in the sound here – it's the real thing, too – without overshadowing the mesmerizing beats and bass. The disparate elements come together in such a fluid way that he reminds us a bit of 70s era Herbie Hancock (for real!) in the way he can bring genres together so seamlessly. Still largely the work of Kiefer alone, with some help on just a couple tracks – and the titles include"Dope Nerd", "Temper", "What A Day", "Highway 46", "Highway 41", "Magnetic", "Socially Awkward", "Thinkin Of", "Agoraphobia", "FOMO", "Memories Of U", "Upwards" and "AAAAA". CD