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Tanya Morgan Rubber Souls Imprint180 • 2013

What makes hip-hop so interesting? It blends with about every existing music genre; jazz, rock, soul, even country. How? In the past with a lot of samples. Nowadays more and more with live instruments. Ever since the impeccable 'How I Got Over', where Questlove's drumming uplifts The Roots' sound, hip-hop artists are using more drums or keys. Some examples this year: Moe Pope & Rain's 'Let The Right Ones In', J-Zone's 'Peter Pan Syndrome' and Aceyalone's 'Leanin On Slick'. Another great example: Tanya Morgan's 'Rubber Souls', the first album in four years for the Brooklyn duo.

'Rubber Souls' is for Tanya Morgan, what 'Rubber Soul' was for The Beatles. Kind of a comeback yes, but most of all: a shift in sound, a new path that leads over many instruments, and with only one producer; 6th Sense. The choice to work with one producer with an all-round musical knowledge proves a great move.

The album is a warm, soulful and funky recording with a melodic melange of live guitar picks, drums (the single 'Pick It Up'), keyboards and violins. It's choked with arrangements. There's even a violin outro that re-intrepretates the beat of 'The Day I' in a classical music way.

Von Pea underlines the 'live' charachter of the record when he urges children to learn instruments, so they can play the 20th anniversary of the album. Fortunately they don't get too nerdy or snobby about it. The group's typical humour remains: 'Ya aunt got a big ass Android phone, with my picture as her screensaver', Von Pea jokes. While 'Never Too Much' with female MC Nitty Scott is great fun and 'All Em' is a feel-good dedication to girls, with a wink to A Tribe Called Quest.

Tanya Morgan is back, broadened their sound, grew more mature but kept in touch with their inner child. Just like The Beatles with 'Rubber Soul'.

POSTED ON 10|01|2013 by cpf

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