Indie don Aesop Rock teams up with his longtime production partner Blockhead for None Shall Pass, another full-length of the funk-driven, jazzy hip-hop we've come to expect from the Definitive Jux artist. Labelmates EL-P and Rob Sonic make guest appearances, and no one spits fire into a mic quite like Aesop does here. Photo by Chrissy Piper.
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Moving on from Platinum Pied Pipers' Triple P (2005), Robert O'Bryant (a.k.a. Waajeed) gathers Tiombe Lockhart, Invincible, Ta'Raach, and material from the late J Dilla for his latest album, The War. "The Overtaking" features ominous beat arrangements, slow, suspense-building guitars, and Lockhart on vocals. Photo by Dustin Ross.
One can pretty much assume at this point that Madlib will try anything production-wise. We've seen this guy tackle hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, and numerous themes, including Movie Scenes, the first installment of his Beat Konducta project. Vol. 3-4 of this series sees him exploring Eastern sounds with as much gutless energy as a chef might experiment with spices. What's next? Madlib does alt-country?
Busy Ganges, Melissa Lavaudais, and a rotating cast of friends follow up last year's Farewell Forest EP with Sinister Militia, and to celebrate, they've enlisted some cats to assume remix duties on select tracks. Here, Tyler Pope of !!! adds tribal drums and warps guitar and vocal notes into stretchy, deliciously catchy sound bytes.
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