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Soulmates Extra tracks

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Soulmates is a wondrous beat orchestra culled from the oddest of sources. Los Angeles' Nobody sidesteps the funk/soul paradigm of today's hip-hop productions, outfitting his solo debut instead with otherworldly jazz bits, space rock, and lifted guitar psychedelica. Nobody's music, like DJ Shadow's, is heavily layered and rooted in the obscure. As a folksy, sleepy alternative to Shadow's Endtroducing, Soulmates collects and assembles diverse sounds that seem like they were born to be together. The amazing "Green Means" builds steadily from a hypnotic acoustic guitar arpeggio into a heavy storm of crashing cymbals and backwards loops; teetering drums and shrill feedback accompany Freestyle Fellowship on the underground hit "Planets Ain't Aligned." Even though Angeleno hip-hop legends Fellowship, Medusa, and Abstract Rude show up to lend rhymes, their appearances almost distract from Nobody's slavishly intricate, hypnotic productions. --Hua Hsu

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue
  2. For Those Who Never Dream
  3. Leading To The One
  4. Fiend Or The Fix
  5. Sun Child
  6. Outbreak (Extended Solo Version)
  7. Monotone
  8. Land Loop
  9. Shades Of Orange
  10. Noziroh
  11. Green Means
  12. Sixth Sense
  13. Planets Ain't Aligned (Oscillations Version)
  14. Syde Tryps
  15. Tone Therapy
  16. Inner Eye
  17. Epilogue
  18. Faces Of The Deep


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • ASIN: B00004W5JG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After listening to this album, the first thought that came to mind was "hip hop meets the other side" This album has 18 beautifully compiled tracks, and has about 5 talented lyricist ripping it over Nobody's head bopping lo-fi beats! With the likes of Aceyalone, Medusa, and 2 mex on his album, this album holds good lyrical content and is taking hip hop to another level! Fans of DJ Krush, DJ Cam, DJ Shadow, Ninja Tune, and HIP HOP should definitely pick this one up. Don't sleep on this album people!!
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come one, come all. come and listen to the new genius of lo fi atmospheric beatmaking. this album is a true gem. there are so much more to his tracks than your regular old everyday hip hop. a collage of different time signatures, different sounds, and different personalities are just some of the things to expect. ubiquity did release another quality product and it's an amazing find. if you want something that creates a beautifully engineered journey through an album, buy this. if you refrain from using your imagination, go somewhere else.
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Elvin Estela, also whimsically known as "Nobody," knows his hip-hop. And his trip-hop. And he knows how to blend them together exquisitely in "Soulmates," his polished debut. It leans a bit too much on the jagged raps, but retains a sort of sleepy eeriness from beginning to end.

At the start, "Soulmates" sounds like a mixture of airy space-rock, bits of acid jazz, and some of the airiest little melodies you could imagine. Nobody's trippy, sleepy songs are delicate and dreamlike, with things like a soprano choir and guitar strums overlaid with blipping samples and tinkling bells. He even dips into experimental numbers with "Nozirah," a completely distorted one-minute song.

But there's another side to "Soulmates," one lined with acid jazz and spacey hip-hop. Songs like "Syde Trips" have jazzy drums and bluesy sounds, despite all the haunted-house sound effects. And other songs are, simply put, acid rap -- 2 Mex and Medusa are among the rappers that show up, against Nobody's swirling music.

The hip-hop angle is also the album's sole weakness. Nobody's work is so exquisite, it's distracting to have these guys rapping over it. On the second or third listen, however, their voices start to blend into the psychedelic trip. Freestyle Fellowship is the worst -- that song sounds like it belongs on an entirely different album.

To call "Soulmates" a hip-hop album is to underestimate it -- there is hip-hop in it, but also chillout electronica and jazz. (Hip-trip-hop-jazz?) It simply wouldn't work if it were just jazz, just electronica or just hip-hop. As a result, Nobody's versatility and complexity is an essential part of the music -- it always seems to be slowly building up to something, even if it never gets there.
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Elvin Estela, also whimsically known as "Nobody," knows his hip-hop. And his trip-hop. And he knows how to blend them together exquisitely in "Soulmates," his polished debut. It leans a bit too much on the jagged raps, but retains a sort of sleepy eeriness from beginning to end.

At the start, "Soulmates" sounds like a mixture of airy space-rock, bits of acid jazz, and some of the airiest little melodies you could imagine. Nobody's trippy, sleepy songs are delicate and dreamlike, with things like a soprano choir and guitar strums overlaid with blipping samples and tinkling bells. He even dips into experimental numbers with "Nozirah," a completely distorted one-minute song.

But there's another side to "Soulmates," one lined with acid jazz and spacey hip-hop. Songs like "Syde Trips" have jazzy drums and bluesy sounds, despite all the haunted-house sound effects. And other songs are, simply put, acid rap -- 2 Mex and Medusa are among the rappers that show up, against Nobody's swirling music.

The hip-hop angle is also the album's sole weakness. Nobody's work is so exquisite, it's distracting to have these guys rapping over it. On the second or third listen, however, their voices start to blend into the psychedelic trip. Freestyle Fellowship is the worst -- that song sounds like it belongs on an entirely different album.

To call "Soulmates" a hip-hop album is to underestimate it -- there is hip-hop in it, but also chillout electronica and jazz. (Hip-trip-hop-jazz?) It simply wouldn't work if it were just jazz, just electronica or just hip-hop. As a result, Nobody's versatility and complexity is an essential part of the music -- it always seems to be slowly building up to something, even if it never gets there.
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West Coast-based Nobody works firmly in the Dublab vein of sample-based hip-hop, and on his debut, SOULMATES, shows his delicacy and moody grace. "For Those Who Never Dream" drifts along in a thick miasma of sound. The sonic density and layering of tracks like "Outbreak" or "Sixth Sense" present a complex beauty, reminiscent of DJ Shadow's work. And though I'm not a fan of MCs, the poetic "Fiend of the Fix" and the outer space funk of "Planets Ain't Aligned" aren't too bad (though "Faces of the Deep" isn't too good, either). The bass-driven "Syde Tryps" traverse jazzier territory with some Middle Eastern-tinged woodwinds. A beguiling debut.
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