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Music Review: Madlib – The Other Side Of Los Angeles

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Time Out Magazine and Deaf Dumb & Blind Recordings has a CD/DVD series out dedicated to exposing all the hot spots, sounds and must see venues in America. The Other Side series all feature some of the hottest names in the music industry taking you on guided tour of their towns. New York, London, Paris, Berlin, and Los Angeles are some of the targeted tourist destinations. Far from the average “Best of” compilations that are floating around record stores, this series pulls some seriously underground sounds to match the under the radar venues that are featured in the DVD.

I got a copy of the Madlib – The Other Side Of Los Angeles CD, with music mixed by LA’s favorite beat jacker, Madlib. This mix CD is like a long ride through some of the eclectic taste of Los Angeles, with the sounds ranging from reggae dub classics to the blunted sounds of Stones Throw. Music from Sun Ra Arkestra, Rhythm Machine, Lee Scratch Perry and Freestyle Fellowship all find a place to shine on this CD, without missing a beat.

The CD sounds like it was recorded live at one of those hip, dank venues in LA that you never heard of before. Madlib makes sure to pepper the disc with some of his own personal heat rocks, like “Infinity,” Jaylib’s “Survival Test,” and the Quasimoto hit “Greenery,” as old school classics like Outlaw Blues Band’s “Deep Gully” and Leroy ‘Horesmouth’ Wallace’s “Herb Vendor” all blend in and round the CD out as a nice look at the other side of Los Angeles music.

The DVD disc features Peanut Butter Wolf taking us on a guided tour of some of his favorite spots in LA, from clubs, restaurants, parties and clothing shops. PBW schools us on some of the newest places to be, on and off Melrose. Some extra features are interviews with PBW as he explains how the Stones Throw phenomena began, meeting Madlib for the first time, working with the late, great J Dilla, and several videos from Stones Throw artists like Dudley Perkins w/ Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Aloe Blacc. The extra features alone make this one a must-have, but the entire CD/DVD is well worth the purchase.

The Time Out series is a excellent package, perfect for finding new places to go in LA. Make sure you have your copy of Madlib – The Other Side Of Los Angeles when you're in Hollywood and are looking for the perfect spot to chill.

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