Madlib Sound Ancestors is a collaboration effort between the legendary Madlib and musician Kieren Hebden AKA “Four Tet”.
Madlib – Sound Ancestors
Released: 29 January 2021
Sound Ancestors is an instrumental album touching various efforts of creative production efforts, as Madlib mixes sounds to create rhythm & harmony on a track. Sound Ancestors was sequenced and arranged with the help Hebden’s watchful ear.
I liked most songs on this album, but a weak intro combined with few oddly placed tracks, such as “Loose Goose” and “One For Quartabe” left a bit to be desired on Sound Ancestors. But overall, this (compilation-esque) LP is a very enjoyable listen.
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★★★★: Excellent; recommended to all fans of artist or genre.
★★★1/2: Very good; a few bland songs or minor flaws throughout.
★★★: Good; fans of the artist will find value here.
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★1/2: Weak; unrecommended for anyone but major fans of the style and/or artist.
★: Seriously flawed; very poor work but relatively listenable.
1/2: Terrible; a true embarrassment and akin to audio masochism.