Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Goodvibe 2000

Once Upon A Time

Here's a great little promo compilation that Good Vibe Recordings put out at their height in 2000. At just shy of 45 minutes, it economically showcases some of the formidable GV talent with both well-known album and single cuts, as well as harder-to-find mixtape tracks and remixes. Big names like Slum Village, Defari, Aceyalone, Bahamadia, Pete Rock and Xzibit appear, as well as lesser-known cats like Big Dro, Saukrates, Mirage, and Tee Double. It's no surprise that Good Vibe mainstays Animal Pharm and Spontaneous lend a couple of my favorite tracks on this, as does Neb Love and Nuthouse. However the album topper has to be Mystic's "Ok...Alright" from her classic Cuts For Luck & Scars For Freedom record, arguably the best thing Good Vibe ever released. It's a seriously haunting track courtesy of producer Angel. It gives me goosebumps. All tracks are here in their clean versions. Good stuff from a great label in a lost era.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Request... Traumakazee

Miss Cleo Lives On Through the Kclan

Request... Solid F'ing effort by the Kclan. Khule holds it down while Pterradacto steps up and stretches out as the stylistic focus. For some reason I never really listened to this one, preferring its rough-ass predecessor Kclandestine Kclassics, but listening to it now, I regret not giving it the attention it so apparently deserves. It's as sinister as Afterlife gets, with that signature beat style all their own, and both Khule and Pterra have never sounded so tight. This came out around the same time as the "big budget" Afterlife comps, and this one's got that same mastered sound. Mr CR and Daronnic guest, as well as other cats. Great, great shit. Kazee...