Saturday, July 23, 2011
A Record a Week: Crossed Wires - Abstract Perspective From Atlanta's Underground(Various Artists)
ELEMENTALS THEME (The Elementals)
MONKEY V. FISH (AS Octopussy)
BOSSA CALLING (Rishi Kumar)
CLOSED DOORS (Love Pheotus)
WHAT YOU (Justone)
DUB KUNG FU (Gnosis)
METROPOLIS [LUNAR RADIO MIX EDIT] (Parts Unknown)
SCIENTIFICAL (J. Stroke)
SISTAH LOW (Alphanumeric)
AMATERASU (DJ Damn featuring Henok)
ONE UNDER THE SUN (Johnny Ether)
DEPRIVATION (J. Square featuring Divine)
This record came to me in a shipment of wholesale records for my old mailorder/concert distro. It is not unusual to get promotional albums or a copy of a couple different label groups along with an order, but whatever label sent it to us had a bazillion copies of this in their warehouse or something. I can see no other reason why it would be thrown in. The songs all say '1997' (at least 7 years prior to us receiving it) and the music is far off course of anything we ever sold.
The album starts off like the slower beats from the 90's-popular 'Obscene Underground: Tits' and other such collections. The songs never really lift off from that slow, un-danceable groove and can't even match their level of slow funk. As the second side of the album starts off, it is more of the same, but now with some rapping over top. I guess sometimes I don't entirely get the underground scene of any music, but I can see why some waves of underground music come up and take the world by storm while others don't quite catch on. Not a knock on it at all and every type of music appeals to a certain amount of people, but this is not what I would call the most user-friendly music.