Thursday, May 10, 2012

(2012)

Reminiscent of the neo-soul collective the Soulquarians, this album works to combine (rather than simply using elements of) hip hop, jazz, and soul. The instrumentation is solid, the drummer and bassist obviously going for that J-Dilla sound. My only gripe is, like De La Soul once said, "I'm sick of R&B bitches over bullshit tracks", meaning that the limited melody range of some of the vocalists can at times unnecessarily stand in front of the instruments that I want to hear front and center. And though a couple stagnate, most of it soars. And for the jazz nerds, it's a Blue Note release, so there's that.
For fans of Erykah Badu, Dilla, Roots, and Mos Def.

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2 comments:

  1. Interesting post! Thanks very much. As you point out, Glasper is doing something beyond what most who aspire to mix genres manage to accomplish.

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