Brown Bags All-Stars member J57 is ready to excite fans and naysayers with a new compilation album called Mute Dialogue, where he shines the spotlight on a wide range of producers throughout North America
The album features 16 examples of tracks, beat excerpts, and concepts, a few sounding like rough drafts of what could be built into incredible songs. In many ways it’s nothing more than an example of a “beat tape”, but through it you’ll hear some of their techniques, whether it’s turning an old 3/4 soul track into a bumpin’ 4/4 banger, or using 8-bit video game technology to create a funky chiptune. I like the textures, and how they will get very clean and digital in one song, and then completely get drenched in surface noise. You can use this to make your own songs, practice your lyrical skills, use them during live shows, but the hope is that you’ll hear these songs and go “damn, I have to work with these guys.”
These guys include people like Daniel Oshima, Jinesis, DJ Dyllemma, The Tranzformer, B.Lewis, Elaquent, and the funky ass Audible Doctor, along with a few tracks from J57 himself. Originally I had thought J57 was pulling a Madlib and using different pseudonyms, but feedback for this album shows that there are fans of these producers, all of whom are represented in various spots online. If you are a fan of J57, take a listen to the music that he is a fan of, and put all of them to work.
(You can download Mute Dialogue for free by clicking here.)