This MALK kid, eh? Fresh from winning our Album Of The Year with 'Death From A Love', here he returns with his future-legendary hip-hop trio Mahatma X and a welcome follow-up to the acclaimed A Mobtown Suite Vol 1. Volume 2 carries on from where Volume 1 left off, but puts it in technicolour adding an incredible array of loops and beats creating a sound collage of dusty beats, Avalanches-like magpie enthusiasm and haunting nods to the golden age of hip-hop.
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There's definitely a few of our customers yet to be convinced by the genius of MALK despite our near constant blathering. I'm hoping any non believers out there will be won over by this second album proper by his hip-hop trio Mahatma X. It is by far the most well rounded and complete MALK-related package to date where finally everything that is brilliant about his productions comes together on an LP where the only time you'll venture near the stereo is to flip it back to the beginning.
It races out of the blocks - the first eleven or so tracks are electrifying. From the get go this is an inventive, technicolour ride through the back roads of hazed out hip-hop, sampledelia where funk, soul, jazz, tropicalia, easy listening, world music, punk and everything in between are thrown into a melting pot. Opener Jaguar sets the scene with a skittering drum break, funky low end bass and ear worm catchy guitar - the track segues perfectly into Embrace which is a kind of sunny day prog hop bliss out full of warm vibraphone before lurching into the kind of Oneohtrix-influenced electronica showcased on MALK's 'Electronic Hope' from his killer Death From a Love LP which in turn segues to Rada with it's 'wearing out your shoes' refrain and gorgeous horn motif. The album is sequenced in such a way that tracks blend into each other, cross fading and full of the self referencing repeating motifs that have been MALKs calling card. The difference here with previous work is that there's not a wasted moment. The way the album blends hip-hop and electronica is it's biggest triumph, one minute you think you are listening to Madlib, the next Flying Lotus, the next minute something on Warp or Rephlex.
An album so full of ideas that you need several plays before finding your feet. It closes with Baby Boomers a brilliant loop of such magnitude that it sounds like a hit. It lasts all of 30 seconds. It's that kind of dislocation that makes A Mobtown Suite Vol. II such a thrilling ride. Like the history of music passing by your eyes in a flash, astounding melodies come and go when you are not looking you may miss them first time but you'll pick them up next time round. Like a DJ Shadow Entroducing for the post vapor wave generation I almost neglected to mention the range of original voices on view too, the album blends in more traditional hip-hop styles on tracks like Tanqueray. Agghhh it's everything, I'm overwhelmed. Buy it now and start your journey towards a kind of joyous blissful bewilderment.
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