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Artist
Madlib
ReleaseProduct
Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)
Label
Madlib Invazion
Catalogue Number
MMS044
Release Date
March 5, 2021

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Every release by LA producer Madlib has seemed like a wildly successful litmus test for the versatility of beat-making. With esoteric electronic maestro Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet working some magic behind the scenes, Sound Ancestors might just prove to be Madlib’s most accomplished release to date; a heady iteration of past experiments renewed by his insatiable hunger to move beyond the times.

A quietly afrofuturist cadence is weaved throughout this LP, as Madlib twists tribal drumming rhythms, funk rock, dub-inflected vocals and electronic music much in the way that J Dilla approached his Donuts swansong. The result makes for some outstanding examples of Madlib’s finest grooves getting the breathing space they truly deserve. ‘Loose Goose’ is a showcase of his playful best, as a circular horn jaunt gets down and dirty with ghostly backing vocals and an expertly placed snippet of Snoop Dogg’s eternal catchphrase: “fo shizzle dizzle”. Meanwhile, ‘Road Of The Lonely Ones’ and Madlib’s touching tribute ‘Two for 2 - For Dilla’ come off as tenderly melancholic odes despite their funk-filled, slipstream-smooth boom bap energy.

Sound Ancestors is Madlib through and through, as you’ve always known him; constantly innovating. Backed by the arrangements of enigmatic force Keiran Hebden - a future classic no doubt.

Music by Madlib.
Recorded in LA over the course of some years.
Edited, Arranged and Mastered by Kieran Hebden at his home and when he was on a plane going places.
Lacquered by Bernie Grundman in L.A.
Art direction by Errol Richardson.
Photography by Richard Foster.
Eothen Alapatt got this record ready for release.
All songs written by O. Jackson (Madlib Invazion, BMI) and others.
P/C Madlib Invazion, 2021.

  1. 1 There Is No Time (Prelude) 0:30
  2. 2 The Call 0:30
  3. 3 Theme De Crabtree 0:30
  4. 4 Road Of The Lonely Ones 0:30
  5. 5 Loose Goose 0:30
  6. 6 Dirtknock 0:30
  7. 7 Hopprock 0:30
  8. 8 Riddim Chant 0:30
  9. 9 Sound Ancestors 0:30
  10. 10 One For Quartabê/Right Now 0:30
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Track List

A1. There Is No Time (Prelude)
A2. The Call
A3. Theme De Crabtree
A4. Road Of The Lonely Ones
A5. Loose Goose
A6. Dirtknock
A7. Hopprock
A8. Riddim Chant
B1. Sound Ancestors
B2. One For Quartabê/Right Now
B3. Hang Out (Phone Off)
B4. Two for 2 -For Dilla
B5. Latino Negro
B6. The New Normal
B7. Chino
B8. Duumbiyay

  • Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)

  • Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)

  • Sound Ancestors (Arranged By Kieran Hebden)

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