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What's New In Dart's iPod #9 AKA March Madness Part Three

by Staff on March 19, 2010

This week I’ll be reviewing nine new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Army Of The Pharoahs “The Unholy Terror”,  Blacastan “The Master Of Reality”, Breakage “Foundation”, Consequence “Movies On Demand”, Cook “Towards The Future”, Devonwho “Keepthafunkalive EP”, Ikonika “Contact, Love, Want, Have”,  LMNO “fONK Garden” and Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx “The Exxecution”. 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: Agony Fires, Ripped To Shreds, Bust ‘Em In, Prisoner, Godzilla, Suplex, Contra Mantra, Drenched In Blood, Spaz Out, 44 Magnum, Dead Shall Rise, Cookin’ Keys, Suicide Girl and Ultimatum

Meh: Burn You Alive and Hollow Points

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This album isn’t wack by any means the AOTP collective’s albums just don’t do it for me anymore. I just listened & felt nothing besides “that’s cool”. My head didn’t really nod much, I didn’t rewind bars or replay tracks. It’s almost like I just wanted to get through the album to hear the next project in line.

If you’re a diehard Army Of The Pharoahs fan it’s pretty much what you expected. If you’re looking for some new shit that’ll put wrinkles in your brain this just isn’t the way to go. I’m a fan of many of the cats in this group individually as well as the producers and on disrespected intended to anyone involved in the creation of this album but I just didn’t feel it. Maybe. It drops on March 30th.

Best Jawns: The Wire, The Villain, Crac-A-Stan, Dynamic Duo, Warning-Black In Your Face Freestyle, Stop Frontin’, One Life To Live, Why, Why, Why, It’s A Crisis, Mirrors, Martyrs, Macko’s Theme, On And Off The Mic, If You Only Knew, Ressy Dogs, Big East and Only The Real

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: The crazy thing is that Connecticut’s Blacastan has a mixtape full of previous material that isn’t sonically or thematically too far of from what AOTP made but for some reason my head was nodding & I rewound some tracks and bars on this project where I didn’t on AOTP’s album. In any event, I give “The Master Of Reality” a recommended maybe”. In dropped back on March 9th and I can’t wait to hear the album when it drops on Brick Records this Summer.

Best Jawns: Open Up, Hard, Old Skool Ting, Squid Bass, Run ‘Em Out, Temper, Over, Higher, Foundation, Justified, Vial, Speechless, If (Interlude) & If

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Breakage took me back to the early & mid ’90′s with the sound & approach to the music aesthetic. “Foundation” instantly reminded me of the vinyl I’d find at Satellite Records, Biscuithead, Newbury Comics & Tower Records in the Drum N’ Bass/Garage sections from 1996-2000. Bass heavy, hard, scrunchface inducing breaks. My boy Khal said this was his favorite Dubstep project so far this year and I can see why. Mos def. If you’re a fan of that era or Dubstep I’m sure you should own this. It dropped on March 16th & is available on iTunes.

Best Jawns: I’ma Do Me Regardless, Childish Games, The More I Get, Sounds G.O.O.D 2 Me, Let U Live, Your Luck’s Gonna Run Out Soon, Down This Road, Life Is Short, Don’t Mean 2 Hurt You, It’s G.O.O.D. Music and We Fight We Love (Remix)

Meh: Features from Asher Roth, Maino & Rick Ross, Don’t Stand So Close (corny) and Whatever U Want (bloated)

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I’m a Consequence fan going back to his “Rock N’ Roll” days & his group with Menace called Guilty. When he hooked up with Kanye West and began making mixtapes around ’02 & ’03 I was a fan again. People slept on hard on his debut album but Consequence worked the hell out of it for years so it’s sold fairly well. He has a new deal, a new album coming and this mixtape is an enjoyable listen with quality production.

Consequence had some bars on “Movies On Demand” and tracks like “I’ma Do Me Regardless”, “Childish Games”, “Sounds G.O.O.D 2 Me”, “Let U Live”, “Your Luck’s Gonna Run Out Soon”, “Life Is Short”, “Don’t Mean 2 Hurt You” and “It’s G.O.O.D. Music”. Guest spots by Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Common, Pharoahe Monch and Q-Tip help to round out the mixtape. I give it a recommended maybe.

Best Jawns: Rise N Shine, The Only Way To Be, Things Will Change, The Struggle, No Show, The Good Ol Days, Just Be Me, Towards The Future, Don’t Say Anything, Everything Is Beautiful, Destination Somewhere, Underneath The Stars, The Warriors and What I Know

Meh: Baby, Don’t Worry, What Goes Up and Deep Breaths

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: Cook Classics just dropped another under the radar independent Hip Hop release back on March 16th. If you’re an underground Hip Hop fanatic you’d know them from their 2007 LP Nieve & Cook “Away With Words” otherwise you’d know them as Cook Classics and last years’ “The New Classics” mixtape in addition to the production they’ve done over the past few years.

This is a pretty good, laid back album featuring the talents of Inverse (Tunji), Peter Hadar, Sene, Outasight, Nieve, Deacon The Villain, Aloe Blacc, Noah King and Jean Curley. You should definitely check this out if you’re a Cook Classics fan. I give a a maybe because it just didn’t blow me away like “The New Classics” mixtape did.

Best Jawns: Keepthafunkalive, Red, Stile, and Tracklift

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: COTDAYUM! This EP won’t be officially available for digital download until March 22nd (European release dates are a day before ours) so wait until that date & cop this shit from either here (vinyl until the 22nd when the MP3 version goes on sale) or iTunes. Devonwho’s tribute to Dam-Funk is bananas already but the rest of this EP is sick as well. That’s why I put him in one of my Producers You Need To Hear Right Now lists last year. Mos def.

Best Jawns: Ikoniklast, Idiot, Yoshimitzu, Fish, Millie, Sahara Michael, Continue, Heston, Psoriasis, Video Delays, Look and Red Marker Pens

Meh: R.E.S.O.L. and They Are All Losing The War

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: I was pretty much on the fence about Ikonika’s previous releases leading up to her album (if Tokimonsta is the first lady of Brainfeeder then Ikonika is the first lady of Hyperdub) but after hearing the full project I really liked the final product. She goes from the glitchy videogame music inspired tracks to straight up Dubstep/Grime riddims that sound like what emcees would spit over in raves or clashes (especially “Yoshimitzu”, “Millie”, “Continue”, “Heston”, “Psoriasis”, “Video Delays” & “Red Marker Pens”).

I was fairly impressed impressed with Ikonika’s work on this full length enough to give it a recommended maybe. Cop it on Hyperdub or iTunes when it drops officially on April 6th.

Best Jawns: Fonk Garden, Plant Seeds, Twisted, Us Against Us, Pinkyupw/theindex, Psychomicrocosmic, It’s True, Allinall and Fonk

Meh: Get Gone

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: LMNO teams up with Bloggerhouse favorite Georgia Anne Muldrow to deliver his second LP of 2010 “fOnk garden” back on March 16th. Is it FONKY? Yeah. If you’re a Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins fan you’ll wanna cop this. If you’re an LMNO fan, you’ll wanna cop this. The thing is that it only clocks in at 10 tracks under 35 minutes which is cool if this was an EP but it isn’t. I can’t give this release more than a maybe regretably as it isn’t “Illmatic” (AKA the greatest Hip Hop EP evar).

Best Jawns: The Exxecution Intro, Death Penalty, Rearview, Take Money, I Am On It, Let’s Take A Sec, Bread On Ya Head, Wings On Your Back, Nobody, Fuckin Wit A Gangster, Watch Yo Step and You Can’t Stop Me

Meh: N/A

Hot Garbage: N/A

Dart’s Take: This Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx LP is NIIICE! © Borat. This jawn is gonna get slept on heavy, too. Top notch production from Marco Polo and bars from Ruste Juxx in addition to Black Moon (Buckshot & 5ft Excellerator w/Evil Dee on the cuts), Heltah Skeltah (Rock & Sean Price) and an appearance by Freddie Foxx AKA Bumpy Knuckles. This project is gonna drop on March 23rd. Please don’t sleep on this one. I give “The Exxecution” a highly recommended maybe for excellent execution.

RIP Jun Seba AKA Nujabes. I regret that I didn’t get to post up your “Producers You Need To Hear Right Now” profile on Poisonous Paragraphs before you passed. Rest In Eternal Peace.

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{ 2 comments }

Anahuac March 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

RIP Nujabes

I kind of expected you to write a post dedicated to Nujabes seeing as how you’re a big fan of anime.

Josef Zehetner March 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

Hello

Just wanted to tell you, that your blog is my favourite blog! I really like your categories for new releases.

Greetings from Austria,

Josef

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