Beat Konducta, Vol. 3-4: India

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
As prolific as he is talented, producer extraordinaire Madlib moved east for his second Beat Konducta installment, In India. Unlike Vol. 1-2, which was themed around an imaginary film, Vol. 3-4 has no clear overarching purpose, and the 34 tracks connect to one another only because their samples were all taken from Indian records from the '70s and '80s. And it's here that Madlib's high output works both positively and negatively for him. On one hand, he's able to offer an extraordinary amount of different sounds all tabled around a unifying idea the sitar, the tabla, from the very RZA-esque "Smoke Circles" to the percussive "Freeze" to the fuzzy, layered vocals of "Dancing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
As prolific as he is talented, producer extraordinaire Madlib moved east for his second Beat Konducta installment, In India. Unlike Vol. 1-2, which was themed around an imaginary film, Vol. 3-4 has no clear overarching purpose, and the 34 tracks connect to one another only because their samples were all taken from Indian records from the '70s and '80s. And it's here that Madlib's high output works both positively and negatively for him. On one hand, he's able to offer an extraordinary amount of different sounds all tabled around a unifying idea the sitar, the tabla, from the very RZA-esque "Smoke Circles" to the percussive "Freeze" to the fuzzy, layered vocals of "Dancing Girls Theme." But he also relies almost solely on his own innate and insane amount of natural skill, without always thinking much about the finished product, too excited about the next thing he's going to create to even remember what he did a few minutes before, and this carelessness shows up now and again, weakening the overall effect of the record. Cuts like "Masala," "Another Getaway," "Dark Alley Incidental Music," and "The Rip Off Scene 3" seem hastily thrown together without much consideration for either the album as a whole or even the tracks themselves, a little too droney and atonal to do much more but loop around tiredly. Of course, this same kind of approach, this flexibility, can also produce some pretty great work, and fortunately most of Vol. 3-4: Beat Konducta in India falls into that category. "Accordion for Raj," for example, uses not only the title instrument, but also a nice, shaky MPC beat and an electric guitar to fill in the sound, "Onthatnewthing" plays with ascending and descending scales, while "Variations" is able to transition between two different musical ideas as Madlib is wont to do cleanly and appropriately such is not the case, however, with "Main Title," whose lack of continuity is more annoying than anything else. The album's not without its weak points, that's to be sure, but it's still, overall, another interesting, and generally impressive, accomplishment from the master himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Stones Throw
  • UPC: 659457217723
  • Catalog Number: 72177
  • Sales rank: 43,482

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Enter...Hot Curry (2:25)
  2. 2 Indian Hump (2:34)
  3. 3 Movie Finale (1:44)
  4. 4 Raw Tranquility, Pt. 3 (1:54)
  5. 5 Freeze (1:36)
  6. 6 Masala (1:08)
  7. 7 Onthatnewthing (1:31)
  8. 8 Indian Deli (1:47)
  9. 9 The Rumble (2:32)
  10. 10 Dancing Girls Theme (1:57)
  11. 11 Piano Garden (1:45)
  12. 12 Dark Alley Incidental Music (2:23)
  13. 13 Early Party (1:53)
  14. 14 Fifth Chant (1:32)
  15. 15 The Rip Off (Scene 3) (1:02)
  16. 16 Sitar Ride (2:23)
  17. 17 Get It Right (1:56)
  18. 18 More Rice (2:05)
  19. 19 Accordion for Raj (1:51)
  20. 20 Indian Bells (1:36)
  21. 21 Club Scene (1:26)
  22. 22 Duel (1:55)
  23. 23 Organ Stroll (1:20)
  24. 24 In the Cave (1:23)
  25. 25 Malfunction (1:08)
  26. 26 Victory (0:20)
  27. 27 Smoke Circle (1:42)
  28. 28 Raw Ground Wire (1:17)
  29. 29 New Bombay (2:11)
  30. 30 Shah Sound (1:54)
  31. 31 Another Getaway (2:23)
  32. 32 Main Title (1:31)
  33. 33 (Variations) (2:47)
  34. 34 No Sitar (Outro) (1:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Madlib Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Peanut Butter Wolf Executive Producer
Madlib Audio Production
Kelly Hibbert Mastering
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