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"Serving as a testament to Hyperdub/Brainfeeder affiliate, Samiyam's long standing but somewhat unsung status as a stand-alone entity in the beat scene; Sam Baker's Album is a collection of unashamedly intoxicated cuts gleefully unburdened, but not untouched, by the influence of LA Messrs (and peers) Dilla, Madlib and Flylo. It's unique bedroom home-grown, cultivated from both sides of the Hip Hop Spectrum. Dismantling them for an end product as much Master P styled trunk bumping as it is trusted vinyl crackles and post-Dilla compression obsession. Thrown in with a penchant for some Nintendo-patented saccharine square-waves and the woozy funk-bass of robots and you have the one, the only, Samiyam.
Returning to us now with his first full album proper after a period of bubbling under (seemingly at his own digression), this album sees the LA resident ascend from the minimal to the effortless; aptly back, dropping chop after chop of with a only few choice snares, kicks and that certified fatboy bass. It makes for a Beat Hip Hop wading from song to song with a sluggish indifference for atmospherics or cinematics, focused rather on irreverent sampling and the discovery all of Hip Hops rhythms and grooves, big and small, stuttering and staccato. From the Sunday Morning G Funk of 'Lifesize Stuffed Animal' to the Keith Sweatisms of 'Escape's first half; this is a David Attenborugh standard documentation of all things beat and beautiful - with all the uncooked charm of Rap Beats Vol. 1 intact, but all the considered fluency of an art mastered added."
Words by Wazid Abdul
- 1 Escape 3:46 Samiyam Buy
- 2 Bedtime 1:22 Samiyam Buy
- 3 Pressure 2:12 Samiyam Buy
- 4 Bricks 1:42 Samiyam Buy
- 5 Already 1:44 Samiyam Buy
- 6 Frosting Packets 3:46 Samiyam Buy
- 7 Kitties 1:15 Samiyam Buy
- 8 Where Am I 2:39 Samiyam Buy
- 9 Cushion 2:23 Samiyam Buy
- 10 Turtles 1:28 Samiyam Buy