Directors Of Photography (LP)


Dilated Peoples

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Amoeba Review

08/11/2014

L.A. underground hip-hop legends Dilated Peoples come back in a powerful way with the deep, trippy Directors of Photography. Their first album in eight years starts with some jazz-inflected productions and chilled out rhymes, but it quickly gets darker from there. “The Dark Room” features some spacey, post-mordem psychedelic rhymes (“You don’t live till you die” goes one provocative refrain) over a simple yet driving one-two beat. “Good as Gone” introduces some eerie Psycho synths, Victorian piano trills and lyrics like “dark clouds all around me, trying to find the light.” Though Directors of Photography is reasonably bleak and definitely stonery, tracks like “Show Me the Way” let in some light, with a great soulful chorus by Aloe Blacc and an old school Atlantic/Stax feel. And “Figure it Out (Melvin’s Theme)” is the kind of record-scratching showcase with old-school hip-hop cadence you don’t often hear these days. Though it’s plenty rooted in classic hip-hop, Directors of Photography mostly avoids feeling dated with some of its more adventurous tracks. Record pops, lo-fi mics and a dark guitar lick give “Let Your Thoughts Fly Away” a terrific modern underground feel, its wicked bass comes through partway in to keep it engaging amid lyrics about “dreaming even though we’re wide awake.” And “Opinions May Vary” featuring great young hip-hop duo Gangrene is head-spinning in the best way, like riding out a bad trip and just going with it. Ditto the rest of Directors of Photography, a heavy dose of chemically altered yet classically minded hip-hop.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
Dilated Peoples 00:53
2.
Directors
Dilated Peoples 03:31
3.
Cut My Teeth
Dilated Peoples 03:40
4.
Defari Interlude
Dilated Peoples 01:20
5.
The Dark Room
Dilated Peoples , Vince Staples 04:19
6.
Good As Gone
Dilated Peoples 03:45
7.
Show Me The Way
Dilated Peoples , Aloe Blacc 04:08
8.
Figure It Out (Melvin's Theme)
Dilated Peoples 04:25
9.
Let Your Thoughts Fly Away
Dilated Peoples 04:27
10.
Century Of The Self
Dilated Peoples , Catero 03:38
11.
@mrevidence Interlude
Dilated Peoples 01:11
12.
The Reversal
Dilated Peoples 02:51
13.
Opinions May Vary
Dilated Peoples 04:15
14.
Trouble
Dilated Peoples 04:35
15.
L.A. River Drive
Dilated Peoples , Sick Jacken 04:41
16.
The Bigger Picture
Dilated Peoples , Krondon 04:07

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