Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock launches his own label Tru Soul with a Record Store Day 2019 exclusive of tracks that have never before been released on vinyl. Return of the SP-1200 collects 15 different instrumentals that were recorded between 1990 and 1998, when Rock was just a 19 year old making beats out of a basement in the suburbs.
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Got to love a bit of Pete Rock. The legendary hip-hop producer has launched his own label Tru Soul and has picked 15 choice cuts from his career that have never been released on vinyl before. Here's the rub - the vinyl was an RSD exclusive and we don't have any. You can still get the CD though and as I've been listening to the promo for the past half hour I might as well tell you all about it. It's 15 takes on his sunny day jazzy hip-hop strokes where gorgeous guitar and keyboard samples are added to head nodding beats with laid back bass lines and snatches of voices that mostly say Pete Rock. Rarely has a man found so many examples of people saying his own name. All is forgiven though on gorgeous pieces like Round Midnight - a beautiful loop of late night melancholy that you never want to end.
The album is full of clever little touches amidst the laid back grooves. Man is an expert - as he likes to keep reminding us - but Return Of The SP1200 is a delicious smorgasbord of afternoon hip-hop delight.
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