Various Artists Beat Dimensions Vol. 1 Compiled by Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett
- Words: Max Herman
- Label: Rush Hour
The next generation of hip-hop beat-makers has arrived. Impressively, this compilation-organized by European DJ producers Cinnaman and Jay Scarlett features contributors from all across the globe. Yet one rarely hears a distinct regional sound on these tracks, many of which sound descended from Madlib, Sa-Ra, and J Dilla. But that's the internet generation for you–influences spread like wildfire. Amid a lot of nice, choppy drum patterns and spaced-out synths, there are a few stand-out numbers, notably Amsterdam native Slumgullion's scorching-hot Nintendo-sampling "Castlevania." If anything, this compilation proves that the new wave of producers have learned from some of the best. Hopefully, they'll now take things even further.
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