Oddisee – No Sugar No Cream [Song]

Posted on April 14, 2016 by

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On May 13th Oddisee will release The Odd Tape, but if you call this simply an instrumental album, you might as well say the same about Bitches Brew.  This is his best instrumental work since Rock Creek Park and finds the Prince Georges raised and Brooklyn-based composer bending hip-hop, soul, and jazz into singular form, tapping into that same emotional Fort Knox that animates all wordless choruses.

The Odd Tape revolves around the rhythms of the artist’s daily life.  It starts in the morning with “Alarmed,” that sounds like if Shuggie Otis did a psychedelic eye-opening cover of Nas’ “Shootouts.”  It rolls through “Right Side of the Bed,” with its glitter-gold sax lines, loose drums, and sunshine-slanting-through-the-blinds keyboards. Oddisee went from sampling to creating the eternal sounds of his original inspirations. You can hear older gods like Roy Ayers, Bob James, and Fela, but mostly you hear Oddisee continue to come into his own.

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