MF Doom’s Special Herbs series of instrumental releases has grown to be the stuff of legends over the year, as well you’d expect for a producer of his stature. Here we have a reissue of the first two volumes on vinyl, a relief for anyone who missed out the first time. Plus! All the tracks are named after herbs and spices. Awesome.
If you can’t actually visit LA, your next best option (or maybe just your best option anyway) would be to get Blu & Oh No’s album A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night. Blu has a rich way with words for expressing the magic of the city, and producer Oh No (brother of Madlib) has the perfect feel for what the album is going for. A lush LA hip-hop epic, on Nature Sounds.
Apparently one of those records which goes for silly money online, a reissue is now available to your wallet’s relief of this classic soul number Deep Inside You by Gloria Ann Taylor. It’s a soulful, jazzy piece which oozes class. Unfortunately for us her music career was cut short by her quitting, but there's still plenty to enjoy. Like this!
Maybe his name seems a bit heavy. On the other hand, I now associate the word “doom” with dope hip-hop. MF DOOM has been releasing the tasty instrumental beat series Special Herbs every now and then, and we’re happy we can offer you installment 9+0 (including bonus 7” with some KMD work)!
'Special Herbs 5 & 6' is the latest entry in MF DOOM's instrumental series of beats. MF DOOM is famous for being a beats merchant for a wide variety of canonized hip-hop artists, from De La Soul to the Wu-Tang Clan. This record collects a variety of rarely heard MF DOOM samples, and comes with a bonus 7" from when MF DOOM was a member of the group KMD.
White Willow Bark
Kava Kava Root
Black Snake Root
Constipated Monkey (Bonus 7")
Contact Blitt (Bonus 7")