by: David Klemow
Jan 7, 2021
Madlib and Four Tet‘s joint project, Sound Ancestors might be one of the most anticipated records of the year. The union of one of rap’s most venerated, enigmatic forces matched with one of dance music’s most intriguing experimentalists and esteemed beatsmiths should prove to be one of the most enticing crossover works of the year. Now, the first cut from Sound Ancestors, titled “Hopprock,” is giving fans a glimpse into what to expect from the rest of the album.
With Madlib at the helm and Four Tet managing the musical arrangements and sample work, the album promises to deliver the best of both worlds from both producers. So far with the pair’s first two singles, the joint album already proves to be delivering. A walking guitar lick drives the “Hopprock” beat, chopped up by stirring sample cuts across the track’s duration. Similar to its predecessor, “The Road of the Lonely Ones,” the appeal of “Hopprock” relies on the track’s effortlessly immersive simplicity, signaling to some incredible instrumental work on the way.
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