Madlib and MF Doom return as Madvillain on new Stones Throw Podcast 64
2011 is only four days old, but early omens indicate that it will be an auspicious one for fans of mythologically delayed projects. At the moment, "Kush," the putative lead single from Dr. Dre's "Detox," currently sits in the top 10 of Power 106's Playlist, and the Aftermath auteur even deigned to shoot a video, perhaps the greatest video clip ever made for 45-year old connisseurs of leather, costly narcotics and cars that cost more than Picassos.
But for fans of a different strain, the rumored reunion of Madvillain, the self-proclaimed America's Most Blunted, promises to satisfy fans of the enigmatic principals, MF Doom and producer Madlib. Last year, the pair dropped "Paper Mill,' as part of Adult Swim's Singles Program, a 2-minute swerve of non-sequitirs, Brazilian soul and boasts about being on the cover of Playbill.
The latest teasers from the sequel to 2004's ballyhooed "Madvillainy" find Doom "thanking our sponsor for financing the parts for this Frankenstein monster/Along with my partner who's a bro of few words/we did this research for true nerds and two birds." Over angelic coos, Doom slips comfortably into his metal-faced villain role, casting off dire threats and slick double-entrendres. Like "Kush," it's more sequel than revolution, as Doom and Madlib give the fans what they want and expect: dusty samples, dirty beats and slippery raps.
The MP3 is available at Gorilla vs. Bear, which is highlighting the Madvillain cut from the Peanut Butter Wolf-mixed Stones Throw Podcast 64. But for those whose tastes go deeper than Deepak Chopra, the remainder of the podcast (available for free at iTunes) offers a glimpse into the forthcoming release schedule from the venerable Highland Park-based imprint.
Once almost exclusively a haven for underground hip-hop, the label has expanded to include R&B, soul, funk, dance music and obscure archival gems from all corners of the world. Accordingly, Wolf's mix includes new tracks from Dam-Funk (solo and in collaboration with Slave frontman Steve Arrington), electronic renaissance man James Pants, turntable king J. Rocc and Mayer Hawthorne, along with a spate of newcomers who will probably be on the cover of Playbill at this time next year.
-- Jeff Weiss
MP3: V/A-Stones Throw Podcast 64 (mixed by Peanut Butter Wolf) (Left-Click)