Long awaited instrumental album from the Soul Brother. This is the second in a series of releases on the import BBE label, that showcase big name producers in an independent frame. The idea is that given the freedom of doing whatever they want without any outside influence, the end result will be different from a major label release. One word to describe this album is refined. Gone are the early heavy horn hooks and the flashy production of his remixer-for-hire days. Check-out "The Boss," quite possibly the most impressive track on this album, with its delicate harp/guitar rhythm, muted horn hook, and analog distortion. Same goes for equally strong "Get Involved." Whereas, Pete Rock was previously known for his big "sound," this establishes his contained sound in the style of early Premier and DJ Krush. Even on the harder-edged "Hip-Hoprisy" the sound lays back in room. But at a drop of a switch, Pete can transform the sound like on the badass "Pete's Jazz." But what remains throughout the album is a meticulous production technique. You can hear Pete experimenting with different tones, harmonies, and instruments blending shit together like it was sauce. Some may find the sound to be too muted, but I think it's not to be approached that way. Sit back, relax, and just think about it. For me, this record brings back the days of the super-producer, when it was alright to over-examine beats and elevate the creator to super-hero status. Nice heavy 2 LP pressing.
- music label: BBE 2001