Hella Oldschool - Think Happy Thoughts
Thanks again go out to the homeboy Cody, who sent me this tape, with the intent to have it posted. I had never heard this before I received the tape in the mail, and I have to admit I was seriously missing out. Totally out of left field. Let's get one thing clear, this isn't a beat tape. This is a fully-realized instrumental head trip of a record. They are complete works unto themselves, and they don't invite you to freestyle over the top of them. And although it's only six tracks long, it's a full album's length. Songs stretch out, slow, and raw. Percussive rhythms move in and out of the mix, taking the forefront, then disappear to let lonely samples become the focus. Murky bass lines poke out here and there. These compositions suck you in, slow your head nod to a standstill, and instead spark inward movement. This is music to stare at your shoes to, or to contemplate your navel with. This is music for turning inward.
Anacron is no slouch on the mic, and I'm not well-versed in everything he's done, but I have to say this is my favorite work I've had the pleasure of hearing from him. Listen!