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Sound Directions: The Funky Side Of Life

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    Madlib's first Yesterdays New Quintet spinoff.

    Let's just start off by saying it's pretty much at the point where everything Madlib touches turns into something dope. It's kind of the polar opposite of how Larry David and "The Blonde" doom everything they touch if you look at it through the magnifying glass. Anyway Madlib loves to showcase his rather diverse musical background and literally singlehandedly forms his own quintet, in Yesterday's New Quintet. The only knock from people on that one, mainly purists, was that at times the instrumentation was a bit sub-par on some of YNQ's releases. Madlib obviously looking to silence his doubters enlisted some world class musicians on this one and decided to handle the production and arrangement on this one. The results pretty much rule this time around, with some vicious solos scattered throughout. Not your standard hip-hop fare, but a must cop regardless.

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    1. Directions
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
    2. Dice Game
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    3. Wanda Vidal
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    4. Fourty Days
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    5. Play Car
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    6. A Divine Image
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    7. The Funky Side of Life
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    8. Theme for Ivory Black
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    9. The Horse
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    10. One for J.J.
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    11. On The Hill
    Producer: Madlib
    Year: 2005
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    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/27/2014 6:45:00 PM; Partial IP: .58.11.226)
    Location: Colorado
    Comment: I love this album. It is short and oh so sweet. Smooth YNQ Jazz. Clean and crisp, "in tune and on time" to quote Shadow. Madlib remains one of my favorite DJs to this day because of the diversity he displays. YNQ may be my favorite of all of his projects. I am a hip-hopper, but this is the jazz I hear in my head. This album is second only to perfection.
    Name: (Posted: 7/22/2012 5:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 11.229.238)
    Location: CALI
    Comment: This album has the song "play car" aka "Ronald Morgan" from Blu's No York album which features EDAN and of course Otis Jackson Jr. aka the man with many aliases Madlib. At this moment the single Ronald Morgan is sold out on UGHH, so if you cant cop it then it might be worth your while to cop this album to further expand upon the sounds of madlib and YNQ (Yesterdays New Quintet). As of 2011-2012 according to UGHH's top 40, "Ronald Morgan" has been at their number 1 pick for some time now. Just listening to this album might give a better understanding of what aproach Madlib takes on his production, like picking an apple from a batch or should I say tree... so give the funky drummer some.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/15/2008 5:21:00 AM; Partial IP: 01.126.216)
    Location: Venice, Italy
    Comment: This was quite a big surprise to me: when I got the album I was pretty much used to Peanut butter wolf, madlib as beat konducta and all the rest, but I haven't ever heard of yesterday's new quintet. This album sounds interesting, that's what I first thought. I started to make comparisons with the blue note remixing and mashing of Madlib's, recently one of my favourites, and in a way I found this one even better. The sound is incredibly accurate and sharp, the drumming is recorded in such a classy and strong way that you will not forget it in years, and the ideas there are quite variated: from a completely funk-jazzy style up to a gloomy almost Serge Gainsbourg mood, all played with live musicians, not only samples. This ofcourse means that you will not find any absolutely old and stunning tunes from the 60ies or 50ies, but, indeed, who cares? Madlib already dished that out! So theimportant thing here is to realize that he wanted to step forward, and that he actually did change his view on film songs and scores - we are supposed to do so ourselves. The only thing that's missing, in my view, is some good and stylish rapping here and there, or some more human vocals (for example some jazz scatting would be really nice, though a bitt out of place since this is not supposed to be a jazz record, nor a deejay remix of that kind of old material). I'd suggest not to have a quick listen to this, but rather to focus on a bit. Than you can make up your mind. If you're in it, it'll give you as much pleasure as Funkadelic, j dilla and of course the beat konducta himself. In any case, I would not pay for this more than 10 or 12 box. so try and look for offers!!!! Keep it funky baby, Silvio, Italy, check it!
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