Friday, July 27, 2007

V/A - Pure Abstrakt

V/A - Pure Abstrakt
Label - Shadow Records
Released - 1996
Style - Electronic, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Lee Library

(from AMG)
This sampler nicely explicates Shadow records' penchant for... More downbeat instrumentals with some minimalist trip-hop from DJ Cam, Shantel, Da Germ, Sharpshooters, and others. The beats are fat and blunt, with production that's riddled with wry samples and cut-up soundscapes. Fans of alternative hip-hop crews like the Quannum collective will be sure to find something of an electronica-centric analog among these 14 tracks. The mix ranges from the experimentalism of Parisian DJ Cam and Frankfurt-native Shantel, to the poetry-and-beats blend of Sharpshooters and Caribbean funk flavors from Obo and Otropic T(h)ree. In between, there's the dark minimalism of Da Germ and club soul smoothness of Differenz. Boasting an international roster gleaned from the U.S., Cuba, and Europe, Shadow records delivers the underground sounds of hip-hop production from an expansive perspective. Beat freaks with more than just a taste for hard breaks will no doubt enjoy this dusky sampler. ~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide

01 DJ Cam - Lost Kingdom (3:55)
02 Diferenz - Poppin' Ya Head (Deep Diferenz Mix) (5:22)
03 Shantel - Move Your Hands (5:45)
04 Da Germ - Physical Chemistry (Instrumental Remix) (4:12)
05 Sharpshooters - Spirits Unseen (3:48)
06 Obo - Piked (5:00)
07 Otropic T(h)ree - Proud Mamas (3:15)
08 Shantel - Nova Sola (4:33)
09 DJ Cam - London 1995 (5:00)
10 Obo - 1/4 Gram Man (3:42)
11 Sharpshooters - Funk Shack West (4:45)
12 Diferenz - Pure 'Hip Hop' Fiction (2:50)
13 Otropic T(h)ree - Time To Get It On (3:56)
14 Da Germ - Outro (More And More) (1:18)


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