Monday, February 18, 2008

The Heliocentrics – Out There

The Heliocentrics , better known as the backing band for DJ Shadow, are making moves to step into the limelight. Out There is an instrumental hip-hop that album showcases the bands ability to take grooves from drummer Malcom Catto and morph them through the lenses of jazz, funk, breakbeat, and even downtempo electronica. And they do so with breathtaking results. The only downside is the distribution of pointless electronic noodling between many songs. Once the groove starts, prepare for a unique treat. Live Guitar, bass, and samples give this record a refreshingly authentic sound in a hip hop scene that is all too often guilty of relying on fruity-loops for canned beats.


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