Saturday, 30 January 2021

Madlib ‎– Sound Ancestors (2021)

Genre: Hip Hop
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label:  Madlib Invazion

01.   There Is No Time (Prelude)
02.   The Call
03.   Theme De Crabtree
04.   Road of the Lonely Ones
05.   Loose Goose
06.   Dirtknock
07.   Hopprock
08.   Riddim Chant
09.   Sound Ancestors
10.   One for Quartabê/Right Now
11.   Hang Out (Phone Off)
12.   Two for 2 -For Dilla
13.   Latino Negro
14.   The New Normal
15.   Chino
16.   Duumbiyay

Arranged By, Edited By, Mastered By – Kieran Hebden
Producer – Madlib

There are more ways to fall in love with Madlib’s myriad music projects than not. For many it’ll be his charismatic beats for the late, great MF Doom, his collaborations with fellow sampling pioneer J Dilla or more recently, his sleek instrumentals for rapper Freddie Gibbs. Then there’s his remixes of the Blue Note Records archive, his one-man-jazz-band Yesterdays New Quintet, and Lord Quas – his satirical, pitched-up alter ego MC. Madlib’s ability to speak a universal language through so many modes is hip-hop in technique but something much broader in essence. On Sound Ancestors, his creations are arranged by producer, DJ and longtime friend Four Tet. It’s through the idiosyncrasies of this collaboration (such as an abnormally clean mix with uncharacteristically prominent drums) that Sound Ancestors achieves its mission to deliver a no-guest vocalists, start-to-finish-listen Madlib album experience.

Reggae toasts, lo-fi riffs, jazz interludes and snippets of vocal skits pepper the record. Breathtaking lead cut Road of the Lonely Ones combines two tracks from Philly soul progenitors the Ethics to marvellous effect, and follow-up single Hopprock’s strings-and-answering-machine interplay is comparable to Dean Blunt’s The Redeemer. Tribute track Two for 2 – for Dilla is split in half: one part chopped up to conjure a cosmic surrealness while the other’s all soul and groove, with a time-stretched transition lying as a liminal space in between. The album cools off on the density and eccentricity typically expected of Madlib in favour of a more poignant, sincere vision. Madlib channels a deep, intertwining lineage of Black music through Sound Ancestors like folklore oration, storytelling with the sorcery of a beatmaker who knows how to make an instrumental really sing.
Tayyab Amin / The Guardian