Abstract Orchestra - Madvillain Vol 1ATA Records
The Abstract Orchestra made quite an impression with their debut lp "Dilla". With their sophomore release MF Doom is their source of inspiration. "Madvillain Vol. 1" finds the jazz based Orchestra seamlessly incorporating hip-hop into their compositions while exploring 70s soundtracks. "ALL CAPS" starts out with simple kick snare drum beat and soothing horns before seguing into mind bending improvisation and swinging. "Raid" is a funky fender rhodes driven tune surrounded by blissful horns and strings. Bandleader Rob Mitchell's arrangements navigate between the production of Madlib and the film scores of Quincy Jones. The results are deeply satisfying and definitely worth checking out.
Reg Dancy, 01/19