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Othello - Elevator Music

Release:Elevator Music
Elevator Music
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Media:[Audio CD] [Digital Download]
Recordlabel:Syntax Records
Info:1. First floor
2. Rock rock (c'mon)
3. Season's greetings - featuring Sirens Echos
4. Heart - featuring Destro of Old Dominion
5. Consider it - featuring Page One of Lojique
6. Relax urself
7. Lobby - featuring Hipknotics
8. Elevator music
9. Organic
10. Heir borne - featuring Ohmega Watts of Lightheaded
11. Laugh track
12. How ya livin - featuring Malachi Perez & Deep6
13. Contingent - featuring MG the Visionary
14. Good will chopping - featuring RedCloud
15. Oblivious enlight - featuring Braille
16. No mic for thai - featuring Hipknotics
Rating:Our users rated this release: 7.8 out of 10
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Review:Written by Runaway
Wednesday, 23 August 2006

Othello - Elevator Music
(Syntax Records)

In recent years, we have seen Othello wear many hats. From boom bap mic ripper with Lojique, to smoothed out jazzy goodness with the Hypknotics, to some brilliant feel-good, inspiring sounds from Lightheaded. Othello's ability to fit into many styles almost simultaneously is very impressive. His solo project, Elevator Music, is another piece of an engaging and complicated puzzle. Because the album was completed in 2003, this Syntax Records offering hints at the artistic development already in progress with 2005's Classic and Lightheaded's Wrong Way. Nevertheless, it sure is fun to watch the evolution.

“Floor One”, the album's intro, marks the beginning of many good decisions made by Othello. Good Decision #1: Get MG! The Visionary to sing. MG's work on the album opener and the lead single “Contingent” adds needed melody and diversity to the record.

Good Decision # 2: Get a variety of skilled producers. Muneshine, DJ Manwell, Ohemga Watts, and Othello himself all contribute solid efforts. The standout producer here is Deep 6, whose hardcore drums and hard hitting piano and guitar samples immediately grab attention. Also noteworthy is Nickels who provides the transition from gritty, underground Lojique-style work to soothing jazzy riffs on the title track and “Organic”, two of the best cuts on the record.

Good Decision # 3: Get a number of talented feature artists. Othello pulls in guest efforts from his past affiliates. Lightheaded's Ohemga Watts (“Heir Borne”) and Braille (“Obvious Enlight”) do not disappoint. Lojique's Page One joins his old rhyme partner on “Consider It” and the aforemention Nickels produces and scratches up a storm. As well, The Hypknotics deliver some live goodness to smooth out the record. Add to that Sirens Echo, Toni Hill (“Seasons Greetings”), Destro from Boom Bap Projects (“Heart”), and RedCloud (“Goodwill Chopping”), and you have an excellent lineup.

The downside to this record is its unfortunate timing in release. The previously released Classic marked a significant shift in Othello's work, in which he found a niche in jazz infused hip-hop. Elevator Music sounds like a transition from harder underground material to more melodic and soulful stylings – making the record somewhat disjointed. In addition, several tunes are merely average and glare brightly against some of the higher quality material. While it may not be a fair criticism, Othello can (and did) do better. Regardless, Elevator Music is an enjoyable release for those enticed by dope beats and delicious flows.

3.5 of 5 stars

For fans of: Lightheaded, Ohmega Watts, L.A. Symphony, Lojique, Braille, Sivion

source: Sphereofhiphop.com, added: Sep 29, 2006

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