Beat Konducta Vol. 1 & 2: Movie Scenes

posted April 26, 2006 12:00:00 AM CDT | 2 comments

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You may know him as the mastermind producer behind the experimental sounds of Yesterday's New Quintet and Sound Directions. If the mood strikes him, tomorrow he might be DJ Rels or Quasimoto (just to name a couple of his many adopted pseudonyms). This time around, the multi-dimensional Madlib has dusted off another familiar moniker, Beat Konducta, to release his newest installment of instrumental raw genius titled Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes.

Originally released last year exclusively on vinyl, the 35-track album clocks in at just under an hour, making it a snap-shot of rhythms ranging from one to three minutes long. Each title is followed by a caption which states to mood/scene the track is meant to accompany. The tracks have no defined sequence; while listening, it's almost as if you are flipping through HBO channels, only catching a glimpse of each "movie scene" before you flip to a new film even more intriguing than the last. Movie Scenes is the perfect companion to the late great J Dilla's Donuts, as they are seemingly cut from the same cloth of organized confusion and methodical madness. Not surprising, seeing as how much they influenced one another.

As with the majority of Madlib's work, you either love it or hate it; there's rarely a happy medium. Yet somehow, Madlib has found a way to make even the odd droning of "Electric company (Voltage-Watts)" sound good enough to listen to (even if the whole time you find yourself asking "what the hell is this?"). The shining stars of the album, "Pyramids (Change)" and "The Rock (Humps)" provide eargasms for those looking for easier-to-comprehend tracks.

From the looped From the tribal sounds of "Gold Jungle (Tribe)," to the nostalgic re-vamp of Afrika Bambaata's "Planet Rock on Open (Space)," Madlib shows us exactly what makes him one of Hip Hop's most sought after producers: his intense admiration for a broad range of musical genres coupled with an innate ability to chop, loop, and synthesize. Madlib manages to find the perfect marriage of style and structure. The result is the distinguished signature of a true scientist of sound. Though this soundtrack has no movie in the works (besides your own imagination) to accompany it, Movie Scenes is guaranteed to have you begging for a sequel.

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