Thursday, March 29, 2012

Walkman Rotation Double Vinyl

Better Days

Ranked up there at the tippy here at beetbak, this fantastic '98 compilation from Seattle's Conception Records got dubbed to TDK on the first listen, and then that tape LIVED in my tape deck for months.  It's a dope collection of all-Conception artists, many of them from the Northwest, but also featuring cats from places as diverse as Cali, Ohio, and Canada.  Producers Jake One and Mr. Supreme pretty much set the screw-faced theme and run the show here, concocting their signature blunted urban atmospherics.  As beatmakers go, I always thought these two worked incredibly well together - their beats quite often were placed on opposite sides of the vinyl from one another, creating two distinct, yet complimentary moods.  It's one of the reasons Conception wax was always such a pleasure to hear; they were more than just singles - they were cohesive and complete documents, thanks to the ebb and flow Jake and Supreme set down.  Another reason for Conception's greatness, obviously, was the amazing lyrical talent.  I swear, there wasn't a weak verse in their entire catalog.  
This comp features many of the dopest tracks from Conception's short-lived output.  Fourfifths, Kutfather, Arcee, Eclipse, Third Degree, and Samson represent vocally with tracks off of their various 12"s, with outside production by Samson & Swift on their track and MoSS one of Eclipse's tracks.  In addition, there is exclusive output on this comp from J-Rocc, Diamond Mercenaries, Jake One, 3D, and Arcee.  It's more than just an overview of the label, it's crucial listening.  Period.  
The CD version was given the Beat Junky treatment, with J-Rocc providing the tracks in mixed form, keeping shit funky.  The release I'm providing is from my vinyl copy, (the same that got the dub tx) which comes unmixed, so you can hear each track in its complete form.  Listening to it as I write, it's still as mind-blowing and groovy as it was when I first heard it.

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