Boomkat Product Review:
After Skint's long time sat on album entitled Car Paint Sceme we find Warp instead taking the brave step forward in giving the legendary Brighton based midnight beat creater Req (1) room to let his talent bloom. Famed as much for his graffiti as his music, strange as it seems Req was one of the very first artists from Skint a long long time before Norman Cook hit the paydirt. Now in 2002 if organic instrumental hiphop influenced music needed a home then you'll find it in Req's Sketchbook. A fourteen track round the world travelling companion. The very first track Loop Bass is pure beatless world music ambience, just the faintest suspicion of sacred percussion cloaked in the atmosphere, very special. Something is on some Toah Dynamic/Invisible Spies tip, mid-fi live jamming tipped towards spiritual jazz, acoustic dub, hushed ambience and much more. I can see the overall sparseness of this album catching many people with their pants down, confusion will ensue but close your eyes and feel the music and you'll find a great deal of originality, beauty, spirituality and individuality, something that Req has always had in spades. Recorded at his home studio with all instrumentation handled by the man himself, some task considering the amalgamation of sounds contained. I'll leave this review in the capable hands of Kid Acne "he is a nocturnal beat constructor, and a graffiti vetaran with his crew the Dusty Knights. he was the mentor and I was his apprentice, being taught the craft. style wise no-one can touch him because he's really out there on his own". Word Kid and well done Warp. Recommended.