Lostribe - Sophie

Lostribe – Sophie

This Friday’s music post is an early look at Lostribe’s Sophie, due for release on August the 23rd. The team of producer JustLuv and vocalist Agustus ThElefant call in a host of guests, from Casual to Gift of Gab to Talib Kweli to produce a hip hop album with not just a broad reach but a fresh sound that successfully melds electronica with classic hip hop undertones.

a fresh sound that successfully melds electronica with classic hip hop undertones

From the juxtaposition of light guitar licks with borderline industrial sounds in Come Down and Find Some Meaning in Life’s wonky beats┬áto No Other Word, an elegant ode to the early 2000s soulful boom bap it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Talib Kweli blessing, what Lostribe succeed with most is what much hip hop misses nowadays – a sense of variety, but with enough contingency not to feel like every track is an abstract collection. Sophie feels like an album, a collection that you can draw a circle around and enjoy an entire, self contained experience. If any criticism is to be levelled at the LP it’s that perhaps a definitive Lostribe ‘sound’ doesn’t come forward, so much as their willingness to create tracks in various styles and bring them together. Nonetheless, Sophie is impressive.


Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli Talks Career & New Album

Talib Kweli is a true veteran of hip hop music. In 2010 he and DJ Hitek released their second collaboration LP as Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute. His upcoming fourth solo album, Gutter Rainbows, is packed full of production talent and due for release on the 25th of January – to be closely followed by a further record entitled Prisoner of Consciousness. Kweli’s decision to set up his own record label Talibra and release the album himself is a reflection (I’m obligatorily bound to say ‘no pun intended’ at this point, despite the fact that this isn’t really a pun even I did) on the incompatibility of major/independent values.

Gutter Rainbows is packed full of production talent and due for release on the 25th of January

I’m looking to get a chat with him in more depth soon, but for now take a look at this video; Kweli gives us an insight into his standing, attitude to what being a hip hop artist is, and some information on the album…

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