REVIEW: Sundance’s “Midlife Marauders”

 photo SundanceMM_cover_zps39a8d126.jpg When you name your album based on a well known hip-hop album, you’re trying to make a statement. Sundance has done this with Midlife Marauders, a slight look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders but instead waiting until after 12am to find the newness in the music you love, you’re now dealing with the reality of where you’re at now. In this case, midlife can be anything from real life to ones career, taking a look from the outside and trying to understand where you’re at and what to do next.

The vibe of this album feels like something you might hear in a Roots discography, perfectly between How I Got Over and undun, as Sundance tells his story in a very genuine way with little to no metaphors, and it’s somewhat obvious on what he’s talking about. It’s also nice to hear hip-hop that isn’t afraid to sound like it’s older and mature, as if it realized it can’t be 14 forever and wants to celebrate its existence. While the album also features collaborations with Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Theory Hazit, Ozay Moore, Sojourn, Elias, KJ 52, JustMe, Boombox Titans, J Givens, and Khadia Che among many, you can still hear the fact that this is a Sundance project and everyone else also knows it’s his album too.

While the album also has instrumentals to some of the songs, the true album is about eight songs long running at 30, but it’s the perfect length to tell the stories he is successful in taking. Now that we are in the concept of a midlife crisis, Sundance knows that your menstruating heart can’t bleed enough for two, and now he’s trying to find his way into some level of sanity.

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FREE DL: Sundance offer some “Remixes From The Sun”

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Genre-bending hip-hop? The more the better.

This project by Sundance highlights some of the music he produced between 2009 to 2012, and if it seems that the hip-hop being pushed is just lame and flatline, you’re missing out on some of the varieties of hip-hop being made in that land called “elsewhere”, where Sundance seems to lounge around in from time to time. The album features tracks from some people you may already be familiar with, including Sivion, Theory Hazit, Mr. J. Medeiros, Lightheaded, and many more.

For those who prefer hard copy, a compact disc will be made available, but you can pre-order the CD by heading to Illect Recordings.

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