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Madlib the Beat Konducta Vol 1-2: Movie Scenes Stones Throw • 2006

No need to introduce Madlib, unless you’ve been in a distant galaxy for the last ten or something years, although I wouldn’t bet my VW Polo on it if they haven’t heard of him yet over there too. Shortly after his deeply missed music brother-from-another-mother released an instrumental album on the same label, Stones Throw decided to put out both volumes of Madlib's 'Movie Scenes' series, earlier released on vinyl, on one CD, ending up with 35 instrumental fragments, of which the longest clocks off at 2:11 minutes.

A soundtrack written to a movie that was never made, 'Movie Scenes' amazes with its strong visual and cinematographic character, each song provoking the listener’s mind to improvise and imagine a suitable, fitting movie scene to it. In the tradition of the 'Sound Library' series, which have clearly been an inspiration for this release, each song title has a subtitle to it, suggesting the director when to use what and underlining the essence of the vibes. Deep bass-lines, irregularly chopped samples, funk and soul loops, synth sounds, and some cracks of old dusty vinyl left in it, leave an authentic and quality feeling that marks Madlib’s style for years now. Highlights are the terrific dedications to James Brown ('The Payback') and Bambaata ('Open'), the aching violins in 'Painted Pictures', the incredibly soulful 'Pyramids', the exotic ‘Spanish Strings', the groovy bass-infected 'Chopstyle' and the melancholic 'Understanding'. And now the bad news: with so much different tracks comin the listener's way, one tends to drown in an abundance of sounds and easily skips over the lesser great compositions. It's not a cohesive soundtrack, it's a collection of songs, it's not hip-hop's 'Foxxy Brown', 'Shaft' or 'Superfly', it's a sound library.

Sayin this is merely a black book for directors to pick out a sound they like or sayin this is a compilation of 'leftovers' from the Quasimoto, Jaylib and Madvillain projects (everything is recorded in that period), would be a disgrace to Madlib’s qualities, his musical insight and transcendent approach of makin beats. Listening to this will demand some patience and willingness from the listener and an exercised ear. This is analytic music, headphone music, great music but not accessible to everyone. None the less...I hear the addicts drule already.


POSTED ON 04|01|2006 by cpf

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