Sunday, November 1, 2009

Beep Tape

by Koushik

When I think of Koushik, I think of warm, organic beats with layered samples and a very psychedelic sensibility. With this instrumental album, he instead serves up thirty very short electronic tracks, as austere as his previous work is lush.

This is a very minimalist offering, although within these tracks he does demonstrate a wide variety of styles, including some very nice old-school hip-hop.

There's not a lot to say about a project like this. It doesn't fit well within his growing oeuvre, but you can't blame an artist for trying something new. Some of these tracks cry out for a talented emcee, while others stand quite well on their own.

Tons of producers are releasing albums like this these days, but I think more thought is needed before such a project is sent out into the world. There's not enough here to merit repeated listening.

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