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Only [Beans]

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 357167

  • Credits
    EngineerLeon Lee Dorsey

    Beans: Hamid Drake, William Parker .
    Recording information: Leon Dorsey Studios, NY, NY.
    Maverick producer/MC Beans piloted the underground hip-hop crew Antipop Consortium to new outr heights before beginning a solo career in 2003. Beans has built his name on transgressing boundaries and using hip-hop as a palette with which to mix other genres, electronic and jazz among them, and ONLY finds the artist continuing this trend.
    With help from two of avant-garde jazz's most formidable figures--bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake--Beans offers up an evocative electronic landscape that mixes jazz, funk, ambient, and experimental hip-hop into a brainy, nocturnal fantasia. Beans's tracks are relatively minimal, giving Parker and Drake plenty of room to improvise and add color, and the artist also takes up the mic here and there to add his dense, jagged flow and dazzlingly clever wordplay to the mix.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (pp.112-113) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he results have a spacious feel which simultaneously recall The Roots' bustling rhythms and sparse electronica."
    Alternative Press (p.208) - "[L]ean but freewheeling enough to suggest a true, improvisatory mashup of genres. The peerless Parker and Drake rock out, get dubwise and funk up the joint..."
    The Wire (p.53) - "[ONLY] reverts to a more stripped down aesthetic, with Beans concentrating on his beats with an all-star rhythm section of Hamid Drake and William Parker."
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