Adventures in Lo-fi

Adventures in Lo-fi

by King Britt
     
 

King Britt's entry in the producer-friendly Beat Generation series from BBE is a real Philadelphia experiment, the type of hip-hop record that the former Digable Planets DJ, Sylk 130 leader, and producer extraordinaire, had always wanted to make. More than a decade of gig traveling had introduced Britt to some talented rappers, and hisSee more details below

Overview

King Britt's entry in the producer-friendly Beat Generation series from BBE is a real Philadelphia experiment, the type of hip-hop record that the former Digable Planets DJ, Sylk 130 leader, and producer extraordinaire, had always wanted to make. More than a decade of gig traveling had introduced Britt to some talented rappers, and his long list of contacts sparked a host of great features here, for familiar names as well as a few fresh Philly faces. Though he included a few straight vocal tracks ("for the people that know me for doing songs and working with fantastic vocalists"), most of these are rap tracks with few pretensions, just King Britt's textured, keyboard-heavy production, and a dizzying range of beats that puts commercial rap trackmasters to shame. Britt apparently likes working with distinctive rappers, and he called on a few of the best: Quasimoto, Posdnous & Trugoy from De La Soul, Bahamadia, Cherrywine (aka Butterfly from Digable Planets), and Capitol A. His production behind Quasimoto's "Spaces" is appropriately bizarre, just as good as a classic Lootpack track. Capitol A's "Caught Out (There)" is excellent too, the whole production (and vocal) hinging on a repetitive split-second female vocal sample. Cherrywine's "The Sound" brings back the unjustly neglected Digables main man, sporting a classic breakbeat straight off Blowout Comb. Rappers with lower profiles, like the solid spitter Dice Raw (a peripheral member of the Roots) or the abstract Rilners jouegck: dacered onnle (yes, that is his name), get features that are just as good -- if not better -- than the ones doled out to those with major-label deals. Adventures in Lo-fi isn't as immaculately produced as a Sylk 130 LP, but the street-level grittiness on display definitely works to Britt's advantage; he purposefully keeps it raw and actually did much of the post-recording work on a laptop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2003
Label:
Rapster
UPC:
0730003901324
catalogNumber:
13
Rank:
224471

Tracks

  1. Theme to the Cosmic View
  2. Planetary Analysis  - Rich Medina
  3. Transcend
  4. Spaces  -  Quasimoto
  5. Emotional Quotient Deringer of Cheik Anta Diop  - Rilners Jouegck: Dacered Onnie
  6. Apollo Creed  - Will Brodie
  7. Observation No. 1
  8. Caught Out (There)  - Capitol A
  9. The Sound  -  Cherrywine
  10. Rise and Vibe  - Dice Raw
  11. Superstar  - Ivani Santilli
  12. Next Plateau  - Capitol A
  13. Cobbs Creek  -  Pos & Trugoy
  14. About Face
  15. Observation No. 2
  16. Stay Free  - Grand Agent
  17. Depth  - Rob Life
  18. Nuconcepts  - Kai Chi
  19. Observation No. 3
  20. Che Sara Sara  -  Miss Saigon
  21. Love's Time  - Lady Alma
  22. A Foreigner No Longer  - Rich Medina

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

King Britt   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Chuck Treece   Bass,Guitar
Doc Gibbs   Percussion
Larry Gold   Cello
Baz   Guitar
Ivana Santilli   Piano,Vocoder,fender rhodes
Moses Gunn   Vocals
Hal   Vocals
Wechsel Garland   Keyboards,Xylophone
Quasimoto   Vocals
Capitol A   Vocals
Lady Alma   Vocals
Grand Agent   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Treece   beats
Jeff Chestek   Vocal Engineer
Mike Diver   Digital Artwork
King Britt   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,beats
Antoine Green   Producer
Wechsel Garland   Producer
Walter Coelho   Mastering
Quasimoto   Vocal Engineer
Peter Adarkwah   Executive Producer
Capitol A   beats

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