Soulmates (Bonus Tracks) CD (2000)

Artist: Nobody

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Label Ubiquity
SKU 60427907
UPC 780661106128
UPC 14 00780661106128
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/2000
Author Nobody
Associated Artist/Work Little, Jason
Associated Artist/Work Nobody & Mystic Chords of Memor
Technical Info
Producer Nobody
CatalogID UR 061
Lable Name Ubiquity Recordings
Released 08/22/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00780661106128
Musical Guests
Freestyle Fellowship
Abstract Rude
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Nobody (programming, samples, loops, tapes).
Engineers: Nobody, Kut Masta Kurt, Daddy Kev.
Principally recorded at Downtown Rehearsal Studios, Odditorium and Concentrated Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Audio Mixer: Nobody .
Recording information: Downtown Rehearsal, Los Angeles, CA (1996-2000).
Photographer: B.
Arrangers: Nobody ; Carlos Ni¤o.
Originally intended as a tape of beats and other sounds that could be sold now and again to increase cash flow, Nobody's Soulmates quickly became fancied by hip-hop connoisseurs who were keeping an ear out in Los Angeles. The CD's 18 tracks were created by Nobody on a sampler, antiquated laptop, turntables, and with the help plenty of samples. Known as Elvin Estela to family and friends, Nobody makes adroit use of these tools and resources in his shaping of Soulmates. Such instrumental songs as "Leading to the One," which combines subsided basslines with offbeat rhythms, and the raining cymbal patterns and loopy guitar vamps of "Outbreak," make this release a pleasure to listen to. Nobody stacks samples in such a way that he retains the essential quality of the music's original context while generating hypnotic sonic tensions that coax one into introspecting on nothingness. Hip-hop ditties featuring guest appearances by a few of L.A.'s underground poets also add to the CD's success. Medusa from Organized Noize, 2 Mex of Visionaries, Aceyalone, and Freestyle Fellowship all rhyme in time with Nobody's constructions. A creative CD that resists the formulaic, Nobody's Soulmates subtly raises the musical bar for hip-hop and instrumental acts to follow. ~ John Vallier
Professional Reviews
Spin (12/00, p.233) - 6 out of 10 - "...Arresting...influenced by Can drone-poems and Ornette Coleman free-falls, marrying them to dub-hop grooves in seductive tracks that bleed together like an epic dream..."
Q (5/01, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Brave and adventurous...spacey atmospherics and spiritual dreamscapes..."
Alternative Press (12/00, p.106) - 4 out of 5 - "...An indispensable document of independent hip hop in the land of the backpacker..."
Muzik (11/00, p.117) - 5 out of 5 - "Songs of drifting abstract beatnology, chunky space funk and searing minimalist hip hop....impressive..."
CMJ (8/21/00, p.30) - "...One of the most promising beat collagists on the West Coast's illbient groove circuit..."
Disc 1
1 Proloque
2 For Those Who Never Dream
3 Leading To The One
4 Fiend Or The Fix - (featuring Medusa)
5 Sun Child
6 Outbreak - (extended solo version)
7 Monotone
8 Land Loop
9 Shades Of Orange - (featuring 2Mex)
10 Noziroh
11 Green Means
12 Sixth Sense
13 Planets Ain't Aligned - (oscillations version, featuring Freestyle Fellowship)
14 Syde Tryps
15 Tone Therapy
16 Inner Eye - (featuring Abstract Rude)
17 Epiloque
18 Faces Of The Deep

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