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Muhammad, Ali Shaheed & Souls Of Mischief / There Is Only Now Remix
Album:There Is Only Now Remix Collection:Hip-hop
Artist:Muhammad, Ali Shaheed & Souls Of Mischief Added:02/2015
Label:Linear Labs 

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Add Date:2015-02-06 Pull Date:2015-04-10 Charts:Hip-Hop
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Album Review
lionel hutz
Reviewed 2015-02-04 
hip-hop

This is an EP of 5 tracks from last year’s Souls of Mischief album, remixed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Tribe Called Quest alum and “There Is Only Now” narrator. This replaces the live backing band instrumentals of Adrian Younge’s original with what sound like more traditional sampler based hip-hop beats. And while I’m not opposed to live band hip-hop in general (I’ve seen The Roots many times), I thought the Adrian Younge productions lacked a certain tightness and grit that these beats do a nice job of bringing back. Great true school hip-hop, warm and traditionalist, but engaging and interesting. Tracks 6 through 10 are instrumentals of the first 5.

RIYL: Souls of Mischief, Native Tounges (Tribe, De La, etc)

1. mellow clean rhodes with some bite, loping boom-bap drums. keys switch to dramatic strings for a couple bars around 1:00, then go to organ with some drive and subtle synth. occasionally urgent flows describing the scene, people having a good time but something’s off. 2:12
2. woodwinds (sampled from the original) and shuffling snares and cymbals give way to big swaggering kicks and low fuzzed rhythm guitar. watery keys in the background at points, woodwinds come and go. takes the rock/soul parts of the original and rebuilds with heftier chunkier drums and tighter rhythm. like the title says, lyrics about fear and being in tight situations, complemented by tense beat. 3:28
3. bright kind of chilly keys, bouncy drums, intermittent low synth strobe, crawling bassline. 1:48
4. echoing drums, warm quick bassline, warm whirring (maybe backmasked) synth line, a little piano in the background (later electric piano). quick double-time flows on the verses, verbal interplay w/ more space on the chorus. 2:56
5. hefty shuffling drums, ringing night-time keys get replaced by slightly more well-lit electric piano. a bit of backup vox around 1:00, male and female, then a bit of fuzzed guitar in the background. smooth guest verse from snoop (and good flows all around). first set of keys comes back in at the end to close it. 3:34

6-10: instrumental versions of the first 5 tracks.


recommended: 5, 2, 6, 4

Track Listing
1.Time Stopped 6.Time Stopped (Instrumental)
2.Panic 7.Panic (Instrumental)
3.Another Side Of You 8.Another Side Of You (Instrumental)
4.All You Got Is Your Word 9.All You Got Is Your Word (Instrumental)
5.There Is Only Now 10.There Is Only Now (Instrumental)