A hell of a collaboration – core sounds by Madlib
, which are then re-arranged by Kieran Hebden
– at a level that seems to open up new dimensions in both artists! The sound is definitely Madlib
's, but there's also a sense of majesty that seems to flow through the whole thing – almost as if David Axelrod was helping the beatmaker to find a new vision in the studio. And while some of Hebden
's work can be a bit cold or too obtuse, there's none of that here at all – as the Madlib
elements really keep things rooted to the ground, and in strongly funky territory too – all instrumental, but with voices drifting in and out of the mix as needed. Titles include "Theme De Crabtree", "Road Of The Lonely Ones", "Riddim Chant", "Hopprock", "Loose Goose", "One For Quartabe/
Right Now", "Latino Negro", and "The New Normal".