Devine Carama has busted out with a new track, but it’s only a mere track. It’s an interlude but “The Bar Tactician” doesn’t just sound like something slight, especially when you realize who produced it: Nobody, of Soulmates and Pacific Drift – Western Water Music Vol. 1 fame.
Nobody has come a long way since he released Soulmates 13 years ago, and one might say he has removed himself from the greatness that album represented and moved on. Yet without that, he would not get the progression that has lead to Vivid Green, and this marks the first time in awhile I’ve reviewed music from Alpha Pup. Not sure if the label went quiet for a bit or they lost my e-mail address, I’m uncertain at this time.
What I am certain of though is that Nobody is someone who enjoys bouncing back and forth between creating bass heavy hip-hop jams to creating nice electronic pop, all of which is quite good. It is these songs that are carried by raps or vocals, and yet I’m still moved by Nobody when there are no vocals, as is the case with “Pentwater”, filled with mind-warping synths, crispy hand claps, pumping bass, sampled Mellotron’s and a distorted tabla. It sounds like something that would/might work in a hip-hop context, but it feels so much better vocal-less. When things jump into “Rex” with massively thick horns and then dives ass deep into the gunt of consciousness, you want to rub on something until it gets raw and moist. You’re not sure if you want to run this with a rapper from Atlanta or Memphis, or keep this to yourself for more personal rubbings. “Rhombus” comes back to the wiser Nobody where things feel cinematic, stronger, and by going at a 5/4 tempo, it’s not meant to be a simple listen but you find yourself relaxed, immersed, and warm in the comfort of what’s going on. It’s sumptuous, it’s noble, it’s everything that makes you believe what Nobody is doing is grand, and you play that song even more. “Stepping Alone” features some nice vocals that help things move towards the RJD2 or DJ Shadow side of anthems, but then the worldly feel comes back with “Third Charm” and all is good with the world.
When the album closes with something that might sound like it was chopped and diced from the section of elsewhere, you know something is up when the drum tracks are put together in this manner. The synth bass in the title track comes in and now it sounds like something you would expect to hear in a sports highlight real, or maybe something more powerful. I enjoy it when Nobody plays with power, and wish he would always create music like this, but he probably also knows that power doesn’t bring massive royalty checks, so he’ll create what is “good enough” for the masses, and save the greatness for those who care. Vivid Green is a nice bridge between what happened before and what is happening now and with his work, the future is always bright(er).
The good people of Mochilla have uploaded another segment of their 10 Year Anniversary mix, and there’s a lot of goodies on this one. Here’s the track listing:
1. King Ruly & Toy Selectah! – Bumpin Time! (Sistema Local Mexmix Version)- Keepintime
2. DJ Shadow – Roy’s Theme – Keepintime
3. Clutchy Hopkins – Thanks Mochilla – Timeless
4. King Britt – The Radcliff Remix – Timeless
5. Nobody – Song For Sophia – You Can Know Her – Keepintime
6. Suite for Ma Dukes – Morning Order – Timeless
7. Quantic – Cumbia de Mochilla – Mochilla
8. J.Rocc – Dirty Fingered B-Boy Edit – Keepintime
9. Arthur Verocai – Karina – Timeless
10. Te’Amir – Yekermo Sew Remix – Timeless
11. Mulatu Astatke – Yekermo Sew – Timeless
12. Black Spade – Fall in Love Remix – Timeless
13. Suite for MaDukes EP – Fall in Love – Timeless
14. DJ Nuts – From SP On My 303 – Keepintime
15. Suite for Ma Dukes – Angel – Timeless
16. Jackson Conti – Sunset at Sujinho – Brasilintime
17. Suite for MaDukes – Antiquity – Timeless
18. Oh No – A Remix in 3 Parts – Keepintime
19. Jackson Conti – Papaya – Brasilintime
20. Suite for Ma Dukes – Stakes Is High – Timeless