|So you got yourself a label. It's liked and respected. So you put out a compilation. That's also liked and respected. Some of your friends have new music. Some of your friends know how to do a good remix. You want people to remember your label. You probably want to release a second
installment of the compilation. The plot thickens. You need a survival kit for the 'Urban Renewal'. And here's the supplement.
|Trying to find the spot where you want to use your bucket first, one option are the remixes. And while they are just as exciting as the new material, a couple of the names might just attract you to 'em first, like a flashing arrow. The Kutmasta Kurt Remix of Mos Def & Diverse's
"Wylin' Out" does that little Indian Flavor thing thingy that's kinda popular right now. So it's a pretty trendy little ditty, but you don't mind, cause Kurt pulls it off. Cause when you do a remix, you want the words to meet the music,
and in this case they do, with even the hook making some sense. So this turned into a cheerful, more or less, happening, to whyle out, if you chose to do that.
|Now Aesop kept it to himself, as he's touching his "Train Buffer" a second time, giving this a grittier sound. And again, the vibe is more universal, with the renewal program moving from the alleyway into the clubs
as well, to spread some intelligence right thur. The keyboard sounds are unneeded though, but the distinctive drive and even certain aggression turns this unstoppable. This is backed up by our favorite emo hopper (with the term used with a broad grin and a hiccup) Slug and his Atmosphere, who's trying
to get the white girls to sing the hook of "Fear". But the song is just a little too reduced and bare, as well as sounding kinda unmastered, to get many to follow his demand. Lyrically Slug does what Slug does best, before Diverse steps up with "Blindmand (Low Budget Mix)".
This ditty sounds better, with the observing lyrics finding a good platform in the accompanying beat that pulls out an 80s Jazz guitar to good result. Dude's also got an album out, so don't miss that. Especially if this track is representative of what's on there.
|Everything on this record is held together by the as always eloquent music of Prefuse 73, which is kept very short though. Be it the "Intro" or the "Interlude". They are still moments of 'you are here', that allows you to overstand the situation.
In the same musical ballpark, Caural and The Timeout Drawer are throwing their balls. Caural's "Photograph" sounds similar to when my CD player malfunctions. What's kinda confusing, but the piano comes to save the hour and the drums save
the day. So as further we progress, the better this song gets, and the more the patterns expose themselves to us. The Timeout Drawer does it differently with "Broad Grins From The Boarding Ramp". They pretty much settle on what they wanna
do early, and it's some Frenchish Electronica something, to then jam with it for a couple of minutes, until the second half adds some Iceland flavor to wrap this up.
|As quick and dirty this record is, it's certainly in tradition to the first installment. Which still stands as an amazing record, just considering the mere talent on there. And even though that is cut in half here, the supplement still over saturated. It might not be essential, but
it makes your life much richer.