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Friday, December 19, 2008

This Is How We Chill From 2008 Til'...

"I was beginning to assume that they were lying about that whole "Til Infinity" part of the song..."

Download: Souls Of Mischief - Tour Stories

Oh, man! Where have these dudes been?! I have to admit that for the most part outside of "3rd Eye Vision," I have been completely sleeping on the post-93 Til' Infinity career of Souls Of Mischief since their work with Hieroglyphics never really peaked my interest that much. I finally got around to listening to some of their Hiero this year and while it was certainly solid I can't say that I really was missing something in the ten years since "3rd Eye Vision" was released. It's still really great that Souls Of Mischief are back together making music and "Tour Stories" off their upcoming Prince Paul produced album, "Montezuma's Revenge", really sounds amazing. It sounds like it could literally be an outtake from early-90's that the crew inexplicably left on the cutting room floor. It really has this vintage, quiet jazz record quality to it that sounds like what absolutely attracted me to these guys in the first place. I am now really, really excited about this record.

Bonus Video: Souls Of Mischief - 93 Til' Infinity


8 comments:

tray said...

If anyone can make some new shit sound like an early-90s outtake, it would be Prince Paul. Usually I hate on anything that tries to take it back to an old sound (see all those awful Boot Camp records of the past five years), but yeah, this is awfully good. I assume you're familiar with "Cab Fare"? Might be their best song.

quan said...

Have you should checked out the Hiero Oldies comps? That's the best stuff they've ever done. If you can find them on cassette, even better, bc it comes with a bunch of exclusive cuts.

DocZeus said...

"Usually I hate on anything that tries to take it back to an old sound"

We know.

tray said...

I mean, retro just makes no sense on principle. Would you read a modern attempt at Elizabeathan tragedy? Of course not, even though said tragedy is approximately 50 times better than, like, Death of a Salesman or whatever passed for tragedy in 20th century American theatre. That stuff is a product of a different time and attempts to remake it today would necessarily fail. But this song is good, though it wears a little thin at the end ("tour stories... tour stories... tour stories... tour stories..."). One of the big problems with retro shit is they never get little things like that right. Like you listen to an album like Liquid Swords, one of the things that makes it so great are the kung fu excerpts, or RZA talking at the beginning of 'Liquid Swords' about bringing it back to the source, or that little interlude on 'Living In The World Today' when Meth asks GZA what he knows about MCing, can he demonstrate something, etc. Or those people on Illmatic talking at the end of 'Represent.' Or, of course, the skit about Clarks at the beginning of 'Glaciers of Ice.' Retro artists rarely do these things or do them right, it's just dusty loop + raps about their putative realness and/or vague political themes = "real hip-hop."

DocZeus said...

But what does the year a song is produced have anything to do with the quality of the song itself? If "T.R.O.Y." was released yesterday, isn't it still awesime? Is there some artificial cut-off date in which any song that sounds like vintage Tribe Called Quest immediately sucks? Your reasoning for hating modern boom bap is completely arbitrary.

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

doc- where are you? seriously, stop playing.

d. b. cooper said...

Where ya at?

kamagra said...

This album bores me to hell, I prefer their first album, full foggy breaks, I'm very disappointed.