DJ Rels Theme for a Broken Soul

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More dusty funk business from Stones Throw, but here they stretch out into broken territory. Yet another Madlib alter ego (this one sharing a spliff with Afronaught, perhaps?), DJ Rels is more about grooves than songs, about moods and beats over choruses and melodies. The result plays like a studio session outtake rather than an album, and I'm left wishing for an objective editor. Nevertheless, the humping, subterranean bass of "Sao Paulo" and spastic inchworm pitch-bends of "Diggin in Brownswood" keep this exploration somewhat engaging.