(Part 11 of an ongoing series)
For further details, see my review of this album on 10Listens.com:
The year’s 1997, and the future’s just starting to sip its second cup of coffee. Rock’s still reverberating with the echoes of grunge, but its quantum mechanics are oscillating to a mind-blower called OK Computer. Pop’s gone back to bubblegum in a big way, thanks to The Spice Girls and The Backstreet Boys. Over in hip-hop, the zeitgeist has glided into a glammier style of gangsta. Meanwhile, tucked away in an underground Bay Area scene, rappers Lateef The Truthspeaker and Lyrics Born, collectively known as Latyrx, drop an amazing debut LP simply titled The Album, which manages to sound old-school and avant-garde, very much of its time and yet very much against its time.
The Album wastes little time showing off its progressive ambitions as Latyrx introduce themselves, fittingly, with a track called “Latyrx.” The smoky, sci-fi beat by album co-producer DJ Shadow is menacing and enticing, like a rabbit-hole that leads to an opium-fueled cyber-orgy. Then Lateef & Lyrics Born barge in and buck your brain like it’s probably never been bucked before.
Approx. 47 minutes, 14 seconds; 7,832 minutes, 3 seconds left on the iPod