3 Records From 2013 That Could’ve Been From The Nineties
Nicky D’s – ‘The Grey Area’
You can judge this CD by its cover, which is inspired on Diamond D’s ‘Stunts, Blunts & HipHop’. Nicky D was born in The Golden State but got heavily influenced by rap from the Big Apple. ‘The Grey Area’ could’ve been made in his birth year. Rick Huges’ beats (also one by Black Sheep’s Mista Lawnge) remind of early Beatnuts and DITC production. The samples and breaks refer to the ‘golden era’, while the rhymes have this typical nineties vibes too: Nicky D raps about girls, sneakers and how good he raps. D brags and flirts, like Chi-Ali. The latter’s ‘Age Ain’t Nuthin But A #’ is even interpreted. Funky like a lemonade.
Klaus Layer – ‘The Adventures Of Captain Crook’
Due to the current advanced technology, one would forget with how less tools producers had to work twenty years ago. Beatmakers like Premier, Pete Rock and Diamond D managed to do incredible things without ProTools. They squeezed the maximum out of a minimum. Klaus Layer, a German producer that gathered quite some praise on blog-o-sphere, sticks to the same principle. With an MPC and a few records, Klaus transmits the sounds of the nineties right through his time capsule. Layer after layer. This instrumental album also holds vocals by Blu and Scienze.
DJ Format & Phill Most Chill – ‘The Foremost’
Record collectors are a kind of their own. Put them together and they understand each other in a wink. Take this collabo between Brighton’s DJ Format and Philly emcee Phill Most Chill. ‘The Foremost’ is an ode to their favourite hobby and a high five with the nineties. The ten track-album is tinged with rapid raps, dusty samples and funky loops, with various moods and themes: from beat digging to black consciousness, reminiscant to humourous. Hell, you could even play it on your house party.