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Three Minute Blunts 1
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Pop
This compilation, assembled by Detroit DJ and producer Terrence Parker, introduces the hip-hop sounds of Detroit through a collection of 17 instrumental tracks intended, the liner notes claim, as "musical blunts which give... more »
This compilation, assembled by Detroit DJ and producer Terrence Parker, introduces the hip-hop sounds of Detroit through a collection of 17 instrumental tracks intended, the liner notes claim, as "musical blunts which give the ultimate natural high." Beatheads take note: this compilation was intended primarily for European audiences, so the sounds here are, to American ears, more trip-hop than hip-hop. Detroit's musical legacy, stretching from Motown to techno, is strongly represented; Parker's own contributions are stuffed with the soulful piano and string melodies that pervade his other work, and the same deep emotion crops up in tracks from Kanabis the Edit Assassin, the Andre Johnson Project, and DJ Slym Fas. Overall, the sound of Detroit hip-hop has the sample-and-loop aesthetic we know and love, without the pretension and aggressive attitude that American hip-hop is known for. --Matthew Corwine
American DJs use hip hop to get to higher ground
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Instrumental hip-hop hit a high note with DJ Shadow's "Entroducing," but it's really over in Europe where hip-hop is becoming innovative again. But in the wake of such amazing, grounbreaking artists as Nightmares On Wax and Kruder & Dorfmeister, the 17 "blunts" on "Three Minute Blunts" are only suitable as smoke music--otherwise, they don't really have much point. What mars this disc from being a compilation on par with the likes of the "Deeper Concentration" or the Beat Junkie mix albums is the repetitive style to every track. Every song shares the same tempo and the same fade-out coda. There's seven different acts on this album, and three show the most promise--Kanabis The Edit Assassin, Terrence Parker and DJ Slym Fas. Don't get me wrong--all 17 grooves are tight. However, Kanabis, Parker and Fas come the closest to crafting songs with moodscapes to rival that of NOW. "Three Minute Blunts" isn't an essential disc, but at least it's fun. Hey, it's a miracle that American DJs are even trying to use hip hop to get to higher musical ground..."