Single review: Oddisee – Lonely Planet

 

 

Behold! D.C Native Ahmir Mohamed el Khalifa, better known as Oddisee, has finally dropped the lead single for his upcoming album The Beauty In All. It’s been a while since the rapper/producer has released a purely instrumental album and if the lead single ‘Lonely Planet’ is any indication of what is to come, then all Oddisee fans are in for a treat. The producer is well-known for his laid-back, jazz-infused grooves and ‘Lonely Planet’ is no exception. The track fades in with a slow groove featuring rim shots with soft delay, before breaking into a gentle head-bopping soulful R&B hook complete with funk-tinged fretless bass. Muted jazz guitar riffs and soft string arrangements add further interest to this beautiful track. The Mello Music Group artist had this to say about The Beauty In All:

“The Beauty In All is about the flaws & mistakes that give life its character and worth – how even ignorance can give light to knowledge … If everything we are is out in perfect tutorials, we might never deviate from the teacher. This record is dedicated to imperfection and the sense of pride & accomplishment we get from our struggles. Hopefully, you listen to this record, reflect on the ups & downs of life, and see the beauty in all.” (Mello Music Group Bandcamp, 2013).

Oddisee possesses a unique ability to be able to take a simple idea and gradually introduce subtle, unobtrusive layers until the idea is built into a deceptively complex culmination of rhythms, texture and harmony. I for one cannot wait to hear the rest of this instrumental masterpiece. The Beauty In All is released on October 20 but you can pre-order the album here.

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