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What's New In Dart's iPod #8 AKA March Madness Part Two

by Staff on March 15, 2010

This week I’ll be reviewing twelve new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Bonobo “Black Sands”, DJ K.O. “Living Out A State Of Mind”, Donwill “Don Cusack In High Fidelity”, Free The Robots “Ctrl Alt Delete”, Madlib “Medicine Show No. 3: Beat Konducta In Africa”, Quadron “Quadron”, Raheem Devaughn ” The Love & War Masterpeace”, Souljazz Orchestra “Rising Sun”, Take & Matthewdavid “L.A. Series #2 10x10x2″, U-N-I & Ro Blvd “A Love Supreme 2.0″, Usher “Raymond Vs. Raymond” and  Young Jazz Rebels (Madlib) “Slave Riot”. For those of you new to this blog, I don’t rate albums on a scale or assign them a numerical value out of 5 or 10, instead I merely answer the all important question of “Is it worth buying or not?”. Here’s how my patented “Cop It Or Not” ratings system breaks down below:

Opinions be damned. This particular project has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and should come with a Surgeon General’s warning and/or a biohazard sticker. It should only be handled by hazmat teams or bomb/demolition squads. To quote Common & Canibus, this album is your worst nightmare squared.

Oh No! This CD is a drink coaster/table balancer/doorstop/gerbil/hamster room divider/frisbee/discus/makeshift shield/last ditch choice for a visor/alternate shuriken choice. Sell this shit to whoever is dumb enough to buy it from you.

Maeby (Maybe)! Depending on your own set of personal preferences you might like this joint. Give it a listen first to see if it’s in your lane or not.

Mos Def! Cop the album when it drops…’Nuff said.

Best Jawns: Prelude, Kiara, Kong, El Toro, We Could Forever, 1009, All In Forms, Animals, Black Sands, Eyesdown, The Keeper and Stay The Same

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This Bonobo is so goddamn good that I felt like Arsenio Hall in that old Chappelle Show sketch. I even used caps lock on Twitter, something I typically reserve for my rants about the Celtics. From beginning to end this entire project is bananas. Cop this Ninja Tune release when it drops on March 30th provided you’re into the entire beat scene or you’re a beat head like I am. Mos def.

Best Jawns: Living Out A State Of Mind Pt. 1, Damage, Time With You, Ain’t Friends, 80′s Babies, Living Out A State Of Mind Pt. 2, Just So You Know, Wut I Do, Destroy, Run & Gun, Spit Or Die, Get ‘Em (Remix), The Epidemic, Living Out A State Of Mind Pt. 3, What We On, Força, Never Know, Living Out A State of Mind Pt. 4, Monster, Mind Games, Ain’t Friends Pt. 2 and Run & Gun (Remix)

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: The last DJ K.O. album was ridiculous & it didn’t leave my iPod Touch for more than a year after it finally dropped. This full LP dropped in 4 different installments as digital singles. At the end, it was 22 total tracks of brilliance produced by the heads @ Elementality Productions featuring bars from Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas, MadKem, Dave Notti, Chaundon, Finale, East & Silent Knight. Don’t sleep on “Living Out A State Of Mind”. I give it a highly recommended maybe.

Best Jawns: Laura’s Song, Top 5 Breakups, Championship Vinyl, Ian’s Song, Shake It Easy, Love Junkie, December 27th, Breathe, I See You, Good, Leading Lady, P**** Rules The World, Maybe You & I, Girl, Girl and Hey Baby

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Donwill’s long awaited solo project/concept album based on one of my all time favorite films was well worth the wait. Boasting production from luminaries such as Aeon, Brickbeats, Astronote, Keelay & Zaire, Algorythym, Neon Collars, A-Plus, Wale Oyejide, Twilite Tone, MNartin Slo & even Donwill himself the album has a very concise direction & feel even with the multiple producers on the project.

“Don Cusack in High Fidelity” has guest spots from Tanya Morgan, Ragen Fykes, Che Grand, Opio, Harlem’s Cash, Peter Hadar, Kay Of The Foundation amongst others and from the opening of “Laura’s Song” you’re on board. Tracks like “Championship Vinyl”, “Ian’s Song”, “December 27th”, “Leading Lady”, “Girl, Girl” and “Hey Baby” will probably be considered stand out tracks by most but the entire jawn flows together perfectly. Mos def. Look for it on March 23rd.

Best Jawns: Turbulence, Jupiter, Orion’s Belt Buckle, Wandering Gypsy, Select/Start, Voices, Granite Rock, Mental Universe, Global Warning, The Eye, Turkish Voodoo and Inter Arma

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I’m gonna have to give all the credit for this find to my peoples Jeff Weiss & Small Pro. I heard “Jupiter” & “Orion’s Belt Buckle” then wondered if this entire project could possibly be as ridiculous as they are. I acquired the advance and listened to it…three straight times. It turns out the entire album IS as ridculous as those two tracks are (although they are still standouts). I’m forced to give it a mos def, too. Drops March 30th on Alpha Pup. Look for it. It BANGS.

Best Jawns: Motherland, The Frontline (Liberation), Raw Introduction To Afreaka, African Voodoo Queen (Drama), Jungle Soundz (Part One), The Struggle To Unite (One Africa), Mandingo Swing, Endless Cold (Lovelost), Chant 2, Afrosound Panorama, Hunting Theme, Yafeu, Afritonic Pt.1, Afritonic Pt.2, Tradition, Spearthrow for Oh No, Tear Gas and Bullets for Freedom, Heritage Sip, Land Of The Drum, Red, Black and Green Showcase, Blackfire, Obataive, Warrior’s Theme, Mtima, African Map Watch, Street Hustler, Kanika, Chant 3, The Show (Inner View), Brothers and Sisters, Freedom Play, African Bounce, Umi (Life), Natural Sound Waves, Jungle Sounds Pt.2, Mighty Force, Unika (Outro), Bonus A, Bonus F, Bonus R, Bonus I, Bonus C and Bonus A (Amanaz)

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Why waste anymore time? Mos def. Don’t like Madlib? Don’t even bother with it.

Best Jawns: Buster Keaton, Slippin’, Day, Jeans, Pressure, Horse, Average Fruit, Unpatience, Far Cry, Tone, Simli Life and Herfra Hvor Vi Star

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This album came out of nowhere. I keep abreast of the newest Plug Research projects but when this advance hit my mailbox I thought it was something else (not Bilal, the cover art just got finalized on it a few days ago). I played it and was pleasantly surprised. Not by the production (handled by Robin Hannibal of Owusu & Hannibal) but by the vocals on Danish singer Coco. If you’re into stuff like Nadsroic, Little Dragon, Lykke Li or Shuanise then you’ll dig this album.

For me, the standout jawns are “Jeans”, “Pressure”, “Horse”, “Average Fruit”, “Unpatience”, “Far Cry”, “Tone” and “Simli Life”. At the end of 2010 this will be on the majority of the surprise/slept on album lists. I give “Quadron” a highly recommended maybe. It drops March 23rd on Plug Research Music.

Best Jawns:  Bulletproof, The Greatness, I Don’t Care, Black And Blue, Mr. Right, Fragile, My Wife, B.O.B., Bedroom, Microphone, Garden Of Love, Nobody Wins A War and Revelations 2010

Meh: and Dr. Cornell West Intro, Dr. Cornell West Interlude and Dr. Cornell West P.S.A. (He was unnecessary in my honest opinion but I guess it could’ve been worse if Raheem used Michael Eric Dyson. He’d have quoted Pac all over the place)

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This album was pretty good. It was real R&B for a change, a departure from that space age Autotuned shit they play on the radio all the time (who am I kidding? I don’t listen to the goddamn radio!). In any event, this album is good but it didn’t grab me the way I hoped it would. I honestly don’t know why. I listen to R&B albums for those jawns that you wanna rewind immediately after hearing it the first time. Raheem didn’t gimme much of that.

I have no other recourse but to hit this album with a recommended maybe since it’s a good album but nothing I’d spend 2 hours straight listening to. At least not me. Check it out for yourselves, though.

Best Jawns: Awakening, Agbara, Negus Negast, Lotus Flower, Mamaya, Serenity, Consecration, Rejoice, Pt. 1 and Rejoice, Pt. 2

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This dropped way back on February 16th. If you love Jazz & instrumental (I mean as in ACTUAL instruments played by musicians) albums then you really need this project in your life. This is bananas. Mos def. Strut Records. Go forth and copify.

Best Jawns: Soul Particles, I Miss My Brains, Warm Ruin, We Helped Pioneer This and Know You’re Not Alone

Meh: Sunrise Luminescence and Late Nite Lo Fi For Dak

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Take One went hard. Matthewdavid didn’t. After Take merked shit he needed to come out swinging as well. Best I can do is a recommended maybe. It’s still nice but the Dibiase & P.U.D.G.E 10″ blows this All City 10″ out of the water.

Best Jawns: Supreme 2.0, Land Of The Kings, Hollywood Hiatus, Lately, My Life, Calendar Girls, Stylin, Windows, Halftime, Pulp Fiction, P***y, The Grudge, Land of the Kings (Remix), Voltron, HammerTime, Lauren London, Black Sky and A Love Supreme

Meh: The Launch 2.0

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This dropped on March 9th. Go and cop it to support if you loved the original. The thing is that I liked the original album way more as several of the original versions of my favorite selections helped to make this one of my favorite releases of 2009. I say that “A Love Supreme”>>>”A Love Supreme 2.0″ overall. Since I gave the original free version a mos def best I can do is a recommended maybe. Cop it so Ro Blvd & U-N-I see some dough for all their hard work.

Best Jawns: Monstar, She Don’t Know, Mars vs Venus, Pro Lover, Foolin’ Around and Okay

Meh: Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home), There Goes My Baby, Lil Freak, OMG, Papers, So Many Girls, Guilty, Making Love (Into The Night) and More

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Usher has simply forgotten how to do him. This album was a waste of time to me. I could’ve better spent it doing things like chronologically ordering my back issues of Complex & Game Informer or even doing my neighbor’s laundry. The album opened with “Monstar” and NEVER reached that level of energy again. This dude needs a plutonium powered DeLorean for real. I give “Raymond Vs. Raymond” an oh no. Sounds like they BOTH lost to me. Watch the whole house of cards fall apart beginning on March 30th.

Best Jawns: Ancestors, The Legend of Mankind, The Wind, Forces Unseen, On The Run From Mr. Charlie, The Sun, Hate, Love, Newear, Themes From Illusion Suite, Primal Sound (The Moon), Nappy Headed History, Young Day (Short Version), For Brother Sun Ra, Hope, Nino’s Deeds (Alt. Take), Slave Riot, Parts 1-3, Before, Slave Riot, Parts 4-6, After and Black Freedom

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Why waste anymore of your time? It’s Madlib, Karriem Riggins and Mamao of Azymuth on a throwback Jazz album. Love Jazz? Love Madlib? Cop it from Stone Throw on March 23rd. Don’t like Madlib or Jazz? Just wait and cop that new Usher instead. Yeah, I hate you too…


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Jeff March 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Glad you dug that Free the Robots joint. I definitely need to listen to that Bonobo and the Young Jazz Rebels stuff. What an insane amount of good music being released this month.

thadeacon March 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

This month is ridiculous for music… between mixtapes and actual albums, there’s something for everyone. I wholeheartedly agree with the U-N-I joint, I think the placement of the songs was stellar the first time around, thus making it a more enjoyable listen. If it ain’t broke…

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