Mental Combat 920
Friday, 8 August 2008
A few months ago Thes One’s label TRES Records dropped an album by a duo that went under the clumsy moniker of Collect Respect Anna Check aka C.R.A.C. Yep, crap name, but are they crap- Well, not really. They are definitely on some other shit. They being Detroit’s Ta’Raach and L.A’s Blu. Yes, the partner of Exile and a visitor to our shores this month. Well anyway, with the introductions out of the way let’s get down to business. Their album The Piece Talks (distro Shogun) is a quirky new school experiment that is at least satisfying in its adventurous spirit. There’s nothing really conventional going on here. The musical styles are all over the shop, but in a very creative way that keeps the listener somewhat entertained. They certainly sound like they are having a heap of fun and the enthusiasm flows out the speakers in a sometimes confusing way. If I were to recreate it as a recipe I’d add a dollop of Outkast, a slice of Madlib, a squirt of Dilla, some early De La Soul and then I’d mix in some seasoning from the likes of Ultramagnetic for that unidentifiable flavour. It’s a bit wild and crazy, but at least it isn’t just your run of the mill 3:30min boom bap rap shit done averagely. It’s sounds kinda raw and apparently it was a weeklong recording effort. The almost pointless track Cotton slams the most likely probable listener base. Point taken, but are the targets that real a problem that they need to be called out. Sounds like an insecurity on their side. Instead of attacking the soft cock MP3 listeners they should man up and go for the hard rocks fucking up the actual music. Ta’Raach is responsible for the beats, while he and Blu do the rappity raps and they are as creative and worthwhile as expected. Might be one of those albums that will split the audience. At the moment I’m liking it, next week… maybe not. It’s like that.
Ain’t technology grand. Nowadays you can purchase USB sticks with collections of mixtape files, create beats on Apple’s iPhones with Intua’s Beatmaker and even use one iPod as the music source for Numark’s iDJ2 mixing deck. Even GZA’s forthcoming album is entitled Pro Tools. A reference to the high-end mixing program that many eschewed the MPC for making tracks. With all this technology is it hindering or helping- It’s probably the same as it was 20 years ago, but in the end less is always more. If just a solo singer with a guitar can move people, then why do we need all sorts of advanced techno fangled machinery to make music-