Californian rapper, producer and general genius nut Madlib brings forth his helium guzzling intergalactic pimp hustler alter ego (Lord) Quasimoto to send a little blunted reality our way. It is ridiculous how talented this man is. It appears that this loop digga is not content with flipping the jazz script with Yesterday's New Quintet, redecorating Blue Note's vaults for a new audience or Madlibbing in the name of Stones Throw. We must give thanks for this.
Merely through glancing at the neon inlay and hearing the mind bending array of sounds on air, more than a hint of psychedelia permeates. In true Stones Throw fashion, Madlib has beats to spare as the listener is taken on a whirlwind otherworldly trip for some 24 tracks, incorporating soul and jazz samples, snippets, rants, vocal harmonies and a multitude of sounds. Pianos and flutes figure prominently to give the album that laid back vibe. The interplay between Madlib and Lord Quas is intricate and very playful as they unleash many 'verbal dumplings'. The originality is right on point with 'Boom Music' revealing a quirky Chinese xylophone loop. 'Real Eyes' is about as smooth as things get while 'Green Power' and 'Basic Instinct' make head nodding your favourite fun pastime. Jazz Cats more than tips Madlib's hat to his obsession for the likes of Monk, Davis, Coltrane et al. If you need a break then check 'the Unseen'. The number of jewels on this album might confuse some but that's the general idea; to convey the idea of 'astro travellin'' as the man would put it. Sample sniffers will no doubt detect touches of labelmates Breakestra, Andy Bey, Ronnie Laws and Marlena Shaw. The likes of Mr Herb, Medaphoar and beat dropping head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf also pop in to catch a little fun. All elements conspire make this a unique hip hop experience. Welcome to the smokiest silliest most effortless party in the land.