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And The Anonymous Nobody

De La Soul

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De La Soul are back in business with an absolute banger. After a couple of years in the wilderness, having to resort to Kickstarter to fund this project, it’s hard to know whether they’re aware of what regular albums sound like, or whether they just don’t care. « And the Anonymous Nobody » is an album with the Midas touch, taking the best sounds around and blending them together into a deliciously fresh cocktail. Funky bass riffs collide with gospel chorus and old skool hip hop on “Pain” (ft Snoop Dogg) and “Snoopies”, while other tracks like “Property of spitkicker.com” and “Memory of … (US)” are far more minimalist,  mixing jazz infused chords with sparse bass lyrics. “CBGBS” and “Lord Intended” explore the space between rap and rock and deliver a raucous, expansive sound that’s totally engaging and fulfilling: a crossover we never knew we needed. In a style that’s oddly reminiscent of Gorillaz at their apogee, "And the Anonymous Nobody" feels more like a collaborative mashup that your brilliantly talented friends made, rather than something produced for popular consumption, and it’s great! As if the creative force of De La Soul wasn’t enough, the numerous artists who feature is a real who's who: Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Little Dragon, 2chainz, Usher, Roc Marciano, Estelle, Pete Rock and even the British singer Justin Hawkins, from The Darkness ! These additions only add to the magic at work here, by bringing their own distinctive styles to an already eclectic mix. As a result this album is brimming with personality, as well as a total disregard for standard practice. Long narrative introductions are followed by funky choruses, tiny rock interjections, honest yet well-delivered lyrics… A veritable musical tour de force, and a lesson in creativity for those seeking originality in a world of mass production. It's one of those albums that keeps on giving, to be savoured time and time again.

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1
Genesis
Jill Scott
00:01:36

De La Soul, MainArtist - Jill Scott, FeaturedArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

2
Royalty Capes
De La Soul
00:03:46

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

3
Pain
Snoop Dogg
00:04:39

Snoop Dogg, FeaturedArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

4
Property of Spitkicker.com
De La Soul
00:05:32

De La Soul, MainArtist - Roc Marciano, FeaturedArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

5
Memory of... (US)
Estelle
00:04:55

Pete Rock, FeaturedArtist - Estelle, FeaturedArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

6
CBGBS
De La Soul
00:01:20

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

7
Lord Intended
De La Soul
00:07:16

Justin Hawkins, FeaturedArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

8
Snoopies
David Byrne
00:04:15

David Byrne, MainArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

9
Greyhounds
De La Soul
00:05:26

De La Soul, MainArtist - Usher, FeaturedArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

10
Sexy Bitch
De La Soul
00:01:31

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

11
Trainwreck
De La Soul
00:03:17

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

12
Drawn
De La Soul
00:05:33

De La Soul, MainArtist - Little Dragon, FeaturedArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

13
Whoodeeni
De La Soul
00:04:31

De La Soul, MainArtist - 2chainz, FeaturedArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

14
Nosed Up
De La Soul
00:03:57

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

15
You Go Dave (A Goldblatt Presentation)
De La Soul
00:01:20

David Goldblatt, FeaturedArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

16
Here in After
Damon Albarn
00:05:41

Damon Albarn, FeaturedArtist - De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

17
Exodus
De La Soul
00:03:24

De La Soul, MainArtist

2016 A.O.I., LLC 2016 A.O.I., LLC

Album Description

De La Soul are back in business with an absolute banger. After a couple of years in the wilderness, having to resort to Kickstarter to fund this project, it’s hard to know whether they’re aware of what regular albums sound like, or whether they just don’t care. « And the Anonymous Nobody » is an album with the Midas touch, taking the best sounds around and blending them together into a deliciously fresh cocktail. Funky bass riffs collide with gospel chorus and old skool hip hop on “Pain” (ft Snoop Dogg) and “Snoopies”, while other tracks like “Property of spitkicker.com” and “Memory of … (US)” are far more minimalist,  mixing jazz infused chords with sparse bass lyrics. “CBGBS” and “Lord Intended” explore the space between rap and rock and deliver a raucous, expansive sound that’s totally engaging and fulfilling: a crossover we never knew we needed. In a style that’s oddly reminiscent of Gorillaz at their apogee, "And the Anonymous Nobody" feels more like a collaborative mashup that your brilliantly talented friends made, rather than something produced for popular consumption, and it’s great! As if the creative force of De La Soul wasn’t enough, the numerous artists who feature is a real who's who: Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Little Dragon, 2chainz, Usher, Roc Marciano, Estelle, Pete Rock and even the British singer Justin Hawkins, from The Darkness ! These additions only add to the magic at work here, by bringing their own distinctive styles to an already eclectic mix. As a result this album is brimming with personality, as well as a total disregard for standard practice. Long narrative introductions are followed by funky choruses, tiny rock interjections, honest yet well-delivered lyrics… A veritable musical tour de force, and a lesson in creativity for those seeking originality in a world of mass production. It's one of those albums that keeps on giving, to be savoured time and time again.

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