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Stunning Madlib Release,
This review is from: Vol. 3-4 In India (Audio CD)
Off the back off vols 1 and 2 comes the trip to India, I picked this up off the back of Madlibs unbelievably long list of super works and was'nt slightly disappointed.
Some of the tracks on this joint are absolutely stunning, 'Movie Finale' was stand out for me the melody and rythm in that particular track are mind swimmingly good, but also 'Dancing Girls Theme' and 'Piano Organ' also are really inspiring, I personally think this is one of his Otis's best works. (and he has many, check Quasimoto, YNQ, Invades Bluenote, Monk Hughes, DJ Rels and any other of his numerous aliases)
It has the same 2minute track lengths but dare I say track for track this volume has the edge on the last, simply because its so damn different, the fusing of Hip-Hop beats with the Indian singing and music samples really works well, some of the tracks have a kind of tribal drum bass loop goin on and some are more traditional Madlib beats, but the theme of the Indian sound and influenece is strong throughout.
When you consider projects like Madlib invades Bluenote, Madvillain, Quasimoto, and now this it becomes clear in my mind that the 'REAL' people involved in keeping Hip-Hop a true art form of expression and musical celebration come from the independant labels and well travelled musical backgrounds.