The Stones Throw label is the perfect fit for Samiyam’s fourth album of soulful, loop heavy hip-hop. Animals Have Feelings is sumptuous and woozy, post-Dilla beat music with a host of incredible vocalists involved as well. Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd all jump on the mic to lend a hand.
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The only music that is really doing it for me is yet again hip-hop. With great records in the racks from Dalek and soon Homeboy Sandman and the severely hip-hop influenced Gold Panda the genre is more alive and kicking than half a dozen of the lauded indie strummers put together.
This is Samiyam’s fourth record and contains 22 slithers of his woozy loop heavy hip-hop with big hitter vocalists such as Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt scattered throughout. The main comparison would be J Dilla’s increasingly influential ‘Donuts’ , Samiyam has a similar probably even more off kilter way with a slightly out of time beat which on tracks like ‘Calisthenics’ reaps repetitive dividends.
Like ‘Donuts’ the tracks are all short and blend into each other like a proper motherfucking mix tape should. There are stellar moments such as the vocal cut and splice on ‘Kimchee’ where his production style is that of a man trying to operate a sampler with his hands tied behind his back. Expect lots of old soul samples smashed to smithereens and although there’s bits you’ll want to skip ‘Lord of the Rings’ (feat Jeremiah Jae) proves that Samiyam can produce full on hip hop brilliance when he feels like it - albeit the off the beaten track sort.
Not many hip hop tracks that reference Lucinda Williams about. Fans of Dilla, Madlib get listening.
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