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Various Artists

"Transitions" CD

Odara Productions

Genres: soul, R&B, hip hop

Jul 21 - 27 2003

Transitions is a twelve-track sampler of Odara Productions artists. The music is mostly funk, hip hop, soul, and African material, so if you're into those styles, this will make a good purchase. Def Touch, Mustafa Akbar, Nomo, and A.S.E. are all contributors to the CD, and they all are in top form here.

Mustafa Akbar appears to be the main attraction here (intentionally or not), contributing four tracks of soul. His songs are extremely accessible; "Sayin Goodbye" and "Shake (The Party's Live)" in particular are very melodic and easy to listen to. Nomo brings out the beats for his two first songs, but then takes a more R&B-style approach with soft pop number "Velvet". Def Touch goes for three slices of hip hop and soul that work really well. A.S.E., meanwhile, only gets two tracks to show off their material; the first one ("Tango Ya Ba Wengo") is awfully repetitive and bland, but the second is a more interesting, unconventional spacey number.

I like this compilation because it offers more than just hip hop. The focus on slower tunes, soul and R&B especially, was especially rewarding.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2002]