Monday, March 31, 2008

A Pocketful of MCs

General Elektriks (RV Salters from Quannum Projects) is releasing one free track a month in anticipation of his new album "Good City For Dreamers". I posted about it on the D.I.Y blog a few days ago, and I've listened to the three available tracks a few times since then.

Overall, the quality is pretty good. If you're into General Elektriks you will probably enjoy the beats. The raps are of a great quality on their own, but they also work very well as an accompaniment to the music.

Here's a little break down of my impressions of the first three tracks

'Requiem For A Neo-Con' (Featuring Mr Lif)

Mr. Lif kills it. What more do I need to say? He sounds great over the funky Serge Gainsbourg sample.

'Death Of An 80s Limo' (Featuring Beans)

Beans' off kilter rhythms and rhyme schemes fit perfectly with the beat on "Death of an 80s Limo". Whats more, Beans uses the title of the original track ("The Chauffer" by Duran Duran) as inspiration for the narrative of his rap. Really quality stuff. I haven't heard a lot of Beans but I'm very interested to check out more of his stuff. RV also provides some very nice moody synth work, particularly at the end of the track. This isn't necessarily a track to groove to, but it's definately an interesting listen.

"Coming Up For Air" (featuring Lateef The Truthspeaker)

It actually took me a few years to really appreciate just how good an MC Lateef is. It wasn't that he started out whack and then drastically improved, or anything like that. Rather, back when I first heard him, my understanding of the technical and musical sides of MCing just wasn't developed enough to see just how skilled he really was.

Lateef is a beast on the mic, and this track serves as a great example of the musical dexterity he has. The first section of the song features him (sort of) singing and his delivery suits the music perfectly. An excellent performance that is very appropriate to the atmosphere of the beat.

So whether or not you like the GE production, all three MCs deliver some quality material!

Check it out at the GE website. Free tracks are good tracks! (Click on the "GE tracks for free" link at the top of the news page.)

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