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Boomkat Product Review:
The good ship Ninja has made some spot on A&R decisions over the last six months = Sixtoo, Diplo & now Blockhead. That takes some doing and a fresh pair or ears if you ask me. Blockhead's best known to the b-boys (& b-girls :) as THE producer for the man Aesop Rock, esp on his classic 'Float' and 'Labor Days' long players - 'Bazooka Tooth's failing's, though few, rest mostly on the fact that Blockhead took a back seat on that album. Anyway, onto his Ninja debut - as expected not a full hip hop odyssey but a deviously dope excursion into loosely based hip hop instrumentalism. Far from abstract, if Aesop was to rap to this it would be a new thing to perplex and delight. 12 tracks is the ticket, featuring a hardcore library of samples (mosty from dusty vinyl of which Mr Simon boasts of paying no more than $5 a pop for) and killer beats and textures. Guest turnable movements are performed by Omega One while on several other tracks live guitar and bass are utilised though such is the originality of the samples used it's hard to tell them apart - which is a good thing. Though hardly awash with originality this is a rock solid downtempo beats affair that'll will have a much longer shelf life than most downtempo dross we have to check these days. So yet another feather in Ninja Tunes's plushed up cap and a welcome talent showcase for one the most underappreciated hip hop producers operating today . Go treat yourself and add a def twist to your sunday afternoon battery re-charging sessions. These initial limited copies come with a bonus five track (LP/CD) of Block's productions for Aesop in purely instrumental fashion, reason enough to purchase on sight. Sleep ye not!