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Slackbaba - ...And The Beat Goes OM... (Liquid Records 2006) CD

DeathPosture
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Posted : Jul 7, 2006 17:42
Slackbaba - …And The Beat Goes OM…

Cover: http://tinyurl.com/nxwyh + http://tinyurl.com/ln6nw

Artist: Slackbaba (UK)
Title: … And The Beat Goes OM…
Format: CD (jewel case)
Label: Liquid Records (UK)
Cat. #: LRCD001SB
Distribution: Arabesque
Date: 26 June 2006

Track listing:

01. 11’37” A Drop In The Ocean
02. 09’21” Drink More Tea
03. 07’41” Sea Of Green
04. 09’15” Long Sunny Daze
05. 09’19” The Golden Apple
06. 06’32” Metatron’s Sugar Cube
07. 07’50” And The Beat Goes OM
08. 08’39” Fruit Of Mahoot

.m3u-playlist: http://tinyurl.com/rx9x5 (all tracks!)

Review:


The Energizer-baba…

Slackbaba is Brighton-based producer Jonathan Smith who is gaining increased popularity within psychedelic downbeat circles… He has performed at some of the biggest festivals/parties in the UK and across Europe to much acclaim. The few compilation tracks I’ve heard from his hand were also very nice and incredibly versatile… Supposedly Johnny spent more than a year writing, wrestling, nurturing, tweaking and configuring these 8 tracks for this, his debut album …The Beat Goes OM… Released by visionary UK label Liquid Records, I’ve got a feeling we’re in for a treat… So yeah, I’ve been excited about this for a long time… Let’s hop in!

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: A Drop In The Ocean
The album opens in a true grandiose fashion with a pure monster of a track… Epic and ethno-lush melodic pads are accompanied by organic, floating, nature sounds… It’s all tied with phat dubby vibes and ethereal, dreamy bridges… The trippy samples are the icing on the cake – and each and every one is perfectly placed! Ear candy if there ever was ear candy – let me tell you! This is huge in regards to length, girth, width, height, depth, etc… In one word – gigantic! An amazing tune!

#02: Drink More Tea
“Psychedelic plants… plants… plant! […] That’s where I found my miracle. In DMT and ayahuasca…” Here’s the track that will boost tea sales everywhere! The beats are deeper, the melodies are lighter, the spliffs are stronger, the edge is more psychedelic and the groove is just perfect! Again the samples are well-placed, and I love the ambiguous nature of the main sample – we know the guy says ‘psychedelic plants’ but it kinda sounds like ‘psychedelic trance’… The flute lines are pure perfection and puts Raja Ram to shame… Oh yes, this is another eclectic, groovy piece of psychedelic dub which crosses well over into other genres within psy… It’s as lovely as it is epic… And I’m definitely not drinking enough tea… Sweet!

#03: Sea Of Green
This track opens with an ancient, Eastern-inspired string instrument playing a sad, melancholy tune – but despite the initial sadness it’s absolutely gorgeous! Those string arrangements are definitely the signature mark in this track. Lovely! As the track progresses more flavours are added and eventually the added strings morph into sonic synth exploration… The subtle beats and breakz are accompanied by the deepest, most dubby bassline so far… If you haven’t already, it’s time to light up… Puff, puff, giiiive!

#04: Long Sunny Daze
…And what better time to spend some quality time puffing away, than a lazy, sunny afternoon? This here is laidback, muscle-relaxing hardcore chillage! We’re still getting a heavy dose of dub, completely entangled in an array of simple arpeggio melodies, complex rhythms and subtle psychedelia… Nothing too hectic, but not too scarce either… It’s just right… It might be more wallpaper’ish than the previous tracks, but it’s still beautiful to behold… Very lush!

#05: The Golden Apple
“There is more to reality than meets the normal eye…” Whereas the last couple of tracks were mostly chilled, this track faces up to the competition and introduces a more up-tempo rhythm section… Sure, this is not a dancefloor track per se, but it certainly has some serious spruce – the energy level is very impressive! The string instrumentation, the impressive tribal rhythm section, the ethnic influences and the lush psychedelic factor that ties it all together so nicely… Like a dubbed-down version of Voice Of Cod vs. Mantrix vs. Entheogenic… In short, psychedelic dub! Groovy!

#06: Metatron’s Sugar Cube
After more than a couple of reefers it’s time to up the ante and dig even deeper into psychedelia… And this is where it gets more complex, weirder and evidently trippier… This is mushy, psychedelic forest dub – aimed at tripped out trancers and couch dancers… It’s an interwoven, multilayered piece of complexity – cleverly avoiding the pit of introvertness… Easily the most danceable track thus far – regardless if you’ve dropped ‘cid or not… Wikkid!

#07: And The Beat Goes OM
As the cunning name of the title track suggests, this track is deeply rooted in India… Hindu symbolism, traditional Indian instrumentation and a healthy dose of Sanskrit chanting – Oh yes, the baba is paying homage to the motherland here… We’re right back east of the river Ganges! It’s an esoteric journey thru misty valleys, dusty deserts and fruitful plains… Rich, ripe and totally gorgeous! Om Namah Shivaya!

#08: Fruit Of Mahoot
The closing track is a tour de force of electronic-slash-organic downbeat musica… It’s still riddled in dubby vibes, but again the psychedelia is bubbling just under the surface leering its DMT-soaked head… The melodies are drifting peacefully creating a notable contrast to the calm, yet pounding kick and percussion… Totally uplifting and somewhat danceable head-bob friendly stuff!

It’s been said numerous times before, but I’ll have to say it again: There is nothing slack about this baba! Really! This is a perfect example of just how amazing psydub can be… I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a downtempo debut album since Capsula’s Synthesis Of Reality released on Ajana Records in 2005… And yeah, this is not chill – it’s downtempo! Also with the distinct dub-influences, the comparison to Ganja Beat’s Paradise & Tranquility (Organic Records 2005) is an easy one to make… But for me, this is a much, much better album… There are no bad tracks here, and the stand-out tracks are falling over each other – hell, I’m impressed!

What I’m trying to say here, is that this is a very good album. The time and dedication that Johnny has put into this really pays of… The production is crystal clear and you can tell that every little detail has a lot of thought behind it… It’s an essential purchase for psydub fans, and I’m pretty certain it will go down very well with fans of psychedelic downbeat too… Any open-minded fan of crossover music really! Be sure to check it out – it’s a real treat! …Enjoy!

Favourites: 1(!!), 2(!), 5, 6(!), 7(!), 8

DeathPosture


External links:
Liquid Records: http://www.liquid-records.com
Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/release/720017
Saiko Sounds: http://tinyurl.com/pxkhb
Amboworld: http://tinyurl.com/oxq9e
Discobole: http://tinyurl.com/evnpc
AudioJelly: http://tinyurl.com/ljzc3
Beatspace: http://tinyurl.com/qtkl9
Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/k8qyz
Chaos: http://tinyurl.com/hk8df
Juno: http://tinyurl.com/hpnv9
Ajuca: http://tinyurl.com/frtld
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LigaLize
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Posted : Jul 9, 2006 18:17
1,3,7 the best           Dance is - As a matter of fact, socially admissible public analogue of the sexual act :)
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sure_smoke_alot
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Posted : Jul 19, 2006 08:13
and the beat goes ohm
wot a track
this is really a very gud album           the problem with valuing art is, till u dont understand it, it's worthless but wen u do understand it, it's priceless!!
intrees
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Posted : Aug 5, 2006 20:40
This is a fine album indeed. Everyone should buy it; this is pure quality psychedelia.
My favourite tracks are 1,2,7,8.
Liquid Records have done it again!            - - It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice... - -

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sure_smoke_alot
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Posted : Aug 6, 2006 08:50
It's been nearly a month since i have started listenin to this gr8 album n i still can't stop it.
this album is really a standout for me this year till now, all the tracks are so well 'said' it's jus leaves me speechless.
best of luck to the baba for the future           the problem with valuing art is, till u dont understand it, it's worthless but wen u do understand it, it's priceless!!
liquid ross
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Posted : Aug 9, 2006 22:24
yeah still blowing my head off ... especially 'Drink More Tea' and 'A Drop in the Ocean' ... well done mister Slackbaba...

xx           Liquid Records UK
http://www.liquid-records.com
blueOrb
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Posted : Aug 27, 2006 00:57
a must for all psydub fans ....this is right on top with ott, phutureprimitive,androcell etc ...

amazing album ..thank you!

this looks like a good year for dubby vibes           New mixes on
http://soundcloud.com/blueorb

Older Mixes on
http://blueorb.podomatic.com/
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Posted : Aug 27, 2006 09:28
THis is jus to gud perfect flow really gud essence of music..! makes real delight to jus let it flow arnd while u do ur work ..! gr8 work on it slackbaba..!
LET THE BEAT ALWAYS GOO BOOOM ..!
Cheerz to all
LUV N LITE..!
BOOooOOM.>!
djmeghan
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Posted : Oct 2, 2006 15:52
What a GREAT CD!!! I love ALL the tracks, but the ones that are my favorites are: 1, 3, 7 & 8.           http://www.psylicious.com
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Star-Trooper
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Posted : Oct 3, 2006 13:43
Amazing album!           To Infinity And Beyond!
intrees
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Posted : Oct 10, 2006 21:08
*bump*

This is a damn good album, from a damn good label.

Buy it !            - - It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice... - -

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King Salmon
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Posted : Dec 1, 2006 15:32
Amazing! Agree with most posts here.

Favorite is Metatron’s Sugar Cube. This track grooves so hard. Serious mid-tempo. Really makes me want to dance.           Kent
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Posted : May 6, 2007 13:52
Quote:

On 2006-12-01 15:32, King Salmon wrote:
Amazing! Agree with most posts here.

Favorite is Metatron’s Sugar Cube. This track grooves so hard. Serious mid-tempo. Really makes me want to dance.



+1
the beat was just ripping tearing through the speakers when he played the track in his live set yday. and a couple of other tracks , the golden apple and long sunny daze i think.
havent danced like this in ages.           missing plug-in
Pypedream
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Posted : May 16, 2007 23:27
A MUST HAVE!!!

Agree, this is right up there with the best chillout and ethno-dub releases to date.

I always use at least one track in my chillout sets. I open with #7 sometimes, I've heard #3 played late morning and the crowd loves it, and can never go wrong #2.

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Posted : May 17, 2007 15:43
I recently just played my first downtempo/ambient DJ set which consisted of mostly break beat oriented tunes. I spun 4 of these tracks and people were loving them. I can listen to this all the time and it doesn't get old. This has to be one of my favorite ambient releases!           http://www.psylicious.com
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