Madlib’s latest: The Beat Konducta Vol. 3 & 4: In India

written by Anjula September 15, 2007

Beat Konducta

Madlib’s The Beat Konducta Vol. 3 & 4

This dope instrumental hip-hop album from Madlib (aka Otis Jackson, Jr) features songs that vary from wholesale samples to polished rap tracks.This is a definite must have! for fans of Madlib, beat archeology and or good ol’ Bollywood kitsch.

While J Dilla’s final collection of hip-hop instrumentals was released to rapturous critical acclaim, Madlib’s equally invigorated The Beat Konducta Vol. 1 & 2: Movie Scenes, released around the same time, (late August), received relatively little notice.

It’s a shame, since Madlib’s was actually the more intriguing album, collecting and dissecting samples in 30-odd one-to-two-minute sketches. Vol. 3 & 4: In India is successful in much the same way: on songs like the stuttering “Indian Deli,” the beats are both instantly hooky and deliciously off-kilter. Madlib’s arrangements turn even slight slips of sound into full-bodied compositional fodder — a fact best evidenced by the alternating piano and orchestra riffing of “Piano Garden” and the few words in Hindi repeated throughout “Fifth Chant.”

Like Vol. 1-2, Beat Konducta Vol. 3-4: In India takes you on a cinematic journey. It’s not easy crafting lengthy instrumental beat-oriented music as the focal point of an album. Madlib once again delivers the goods — pull up a chair and let the warmth of the exotic Indian sun take you on a wild ride.

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