"We Came from Beyond Volume 2" CD
Razor & Tie
PO Box 585, Cooper Station
New York NY 10276
Dec 8 - 14 2003
Came From Beyond Volume 2 is the second compilation based on Mike
Nardone's legendary indie hip-hop radio show of the same name, and
like its predecessor, it's a fine collection of terrific underground
beats and rhymes. Among the big names are Esoteric, J-Zone,
Aesop Rock, Wildchild, People Under The Stairs, Eyedea
& Slug and more. What's not to like?
Nardone's major asset is his eye for flow. The songs
on this disc, already very exceptional singles on their own, are assembled
perfectly; the compilation, as a result, is a really funky disc that
can be played over and over again without getting boring. Some
of the best tracks are the most laid-back ones. The Black
Love Crew's "Afro Joint," for example, is a delicious
slice of ultra-melodic groove-hop; if there's anything better than its
terrific chorus, its the track's relaxing yet still deviously
danceable rhythm. This is what plays on dancefloors as 2 AM
Also fantastic is People Under The Stairs' "Chollo
Dad," a deliciously comp-exclusive piece of groovy hip-hop with a
bassline to die for. Lateef & The Chief Present Maroons'
"Matter of Time," also previously unreleased, is another slice of
awesome party-hop that you're sure to enjoy.
This is a terrific compilation for those wanting to get acquainted with
some of the world's best current indie hip-hop acts.
There's just no questioning Mike Nardone - he's one of the
finest hip-hop selectors around today.
[Vitals: 16 tracks, distributed everywhere, released 2003]