Well kids… prepare yourselves because the votes are in and starting January 3rd, the Alternakids will be unveiling our list of the top 10 albums from 2006. It’s a collaborative effort and there may be a surprise or two in there, so be sure to check in throughout the month to see just what we thought about the past year in music.
The new year will also start our regular feature of guest writers from time to time. If you’d be interested in doing a guest post for “The Alternakids” just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe you could be the next one droppin’ musical knowledge for everybody in the blogosphere. If your realy good, we might even let you become a regular contributor.
Now for today’s submission:
Apparently there’s a movie out there that nobody’s ever gonna get see. I’m assuming the star of this particular flick is Stone’s Throw record labels’ unofficial mascot Quasimoto. The soundtrack to this undistributed film is one of the albums that didn’t make our top ten list, but was in pretty decent rotation in my CD player this year. I’d be tempted to hunt down this fabled piece of cinema except apparently it only exist inside the head of Lord Quas’ alter ego Madlib.
I actually got Beat Konducta Vol. 1-2: Movie Scenes at the same time I received a copy of J-Dilla’s Donuts while I was working at M+. It was kinda fitting because both albums are very similar in concept and structure. Essentially a beat tape with a couple of short interludes most of the 35 tracks fall under the 2 minute mark with nothing here going over 3.
If your expecting a sequel to Madvillany, another Quasimoto album or something similar to Shades of Blue then you might be surprised. Of the two albums obviously Donuts is easily the most memorable, but The Beat Konducta can definitely hold it’s ground. (I was actually surprised that Donuts didn’t make it onto our top 10 list either, but I’m not a dictator when it come to what all this blog covers). Here are a couple of highlights to give you a taste of what you’re missing if you slept on this one.
Madlib – The Payback (Gotta)
another testament to how influential James “Mr. Dynamite” Brown has been to hip-hop and music in general, Madlib flips the old classic in a way that’s never been done before. This is easily my favorite cut from the album.
Madlib – Stax (Strings) Madlib – The Comeup (Comedown) Madlib – Whutkanido (Can Do It) Madlib – Outerlimit (Space Ho)
and to give you an idea of what some of these beats would become if realized into full songs
Dangerdoom – Space Ho’s (Madlib Remix)
Today’s bonus track shows you the damage that can be done when you combine the forces of Dilla and Madlib as one
Jaylib – The Official