Nobody Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 3
- Words: Stacy Meyn
- Label: Ubiquity
LA hip-hop DJ Elvin Estella refers to himself as Nobody, but with Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1Rob Geary, he proves to be somebody after all-namely, the scion of West Coast psychedelia. Although not yet a gleam in the elder Estella's eye when the remarkable sounds of Love, Spirit and The Byrds reigned supreme in the Great Basin, Nobody today channels that era's rampant experimentalism. Evincing the skills of West Coast jazz maven David Axelrod, Nobody mines the audio bravery of Sun Ra and Can with his breaks and samples, tempering it all with the mellowness of soft-rock faves Millennium, Sagittarius, The Association and Dennis Wilson. Vocal tracks alternate with instrumental passages, tethered by interludes. Pacific Drift includes unconventional covers of songs by period groups The Monkees, The Zombies, Pearls Before Swine and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and Nobody's guestlist is mighty: Languis, Chris Gunst (Beachwood Sparks), Paul Larson (Athalia, Dntel) and Jimmy Tamborello (Figurine, Postal Service, Dntel). Even if '60s sources have never touched their turntables, enthusiasts of Manitoba, DJ Shadow and Freestyle Fellowship will dig Nobody.
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