Madlib’s Rock Konducta 2– the second of two rock-inspired entries in the producer’s long-running Beat Konducta instrumental series. Madlib announced his Rock Konducta album with a limited edition 45 made specifically for sale at the Zamrock Live! Madlib Medicine Show in San Francisco in ealry 2013. It was a fitting place to make the debut, as his previous Beat Konducta in Africa album was heavily inspired by Africa’s vibrant 70s rock scene, with a specific focus on Zambia’s Zamrock. Rock Konducta – presented in two LP volumes – is the fifth installment in Madlib’s Beat Konducta series.

Previous entries include: Beat Konducta : Movie Scenes, Beat Konducta: in India, Beat Konducta: Dil Cosby and Dil Withers Suites and Beat Konducta in Africa. Rock Konducta grabs its source material from various worldwide rock scenes from the 60s through the 80s, from American psychedelia to Germany’s krautrock to acid-soaked Spanish prog to synthy, early-80s oddities. Tied together by Madlib’s unique sensibility, these scenes coalesce into a new whole. Who knew that rock music sounded like this? Well, there’s one obvious answer to that question.

Vinyl LP £17.49 MMS021LP

2LP on Madlib Invazion.

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Rock Konducta Part 2 by Madlib
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9/10 Li'l Biz 11 July 2014

Madlib returns with a second installment of his Rock Konducta series and what is there to say that hasn’t already been said? Madlib is the master. His beats are the NV on the town and it doesn’t matter how much time you put in on your MPC2000xl you ain’t getting close to his genius. You know this but you keep trying ‘cause ‘Lib is a constant inspiration. It’s an unbreakable cycle, especially when the man’s output is so wildly prolific.

Part 2 picks up where Part 1 left off with a collection of fully formed monsters, loose jams and sketchbook cut-up’s with the source material pilfered from the the artists rare psych, kraut and space rock archives none of which I can identify on first listen. It’s such a blur of sounds is hard to grab on it anything. It’s just a free-flowing river of ideas. It’s super spaced out and all the better for it. The Master Of Reality sleeve rip says it all. You’re in for a treat.


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