Innaspace Is Good!
2003: Finally the rappers are taking acid. Seriously, a more varied and and free-spirited album in hip hop would be hard to find. I hesitate to use the words "experimental" and "psychedelic", but they approximate the style of this record. There are 2-dimensional club jams that morph into world music-infused trip-hop; smooth jazz and lounge shares space with epic, orchestral soul-bearing pieces; and saxophones battle sitars in a no-holds-barred match to be the instrument of choice brought to the drunken sing-a-longs. Surprisingly, the album is incredibly cohesive. Somehow Innaspace presents the mess of styles as a collage of influences and admirations. As each track plays out, you get the feeling that it was made spontaneously as a reflection of how he was feeling and what he was thinking at that instant. How refreshing: a new-school hip hop album that doesn't try to make a statement or take itself too seriously. Anticon it ain't. Spiral Walls it (Thankfully) ain't. This is more like The Holy Modal Rounders or Captain Beefheart. Space is here to have fun, to experiment, and to let his musical/lyrical wind sock spin in whichever way the wind blows.
If you know Innaspace, then you might expect his brother and Why Knows bandmate Existereo to show up; and likewise his friend Hamburglar. Although they show up, I get the feeling this is all Space. And how fortunate that it is! Wild, fresh music, some of my favorite. The album title, New Colour, is a perfect summation of what this is: It's shit you've never seen before.