- Record Label: Madlib Invazion
- Release Date: Jan 29, 2021
- Summary: The latest full-length release for the Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist was edited, arranged and mastered by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet).
- Record Label: Madlib Invazion
- Genre(s): Rap
- More Details and Credits »
Positive: 11 out of 11
Mixed: 0 out of 11
Negative: 0 out of 11
The WireApr 5, 2021Sound Ancestors is a masterpiece. The 16 pieces not only expand the conversation around the art of sampling, but also further hiphop’s ability to grow as a collaborative Black artform. [Mar 2021, p.54]
Feb 2, 2021Madlib channels a deep, intertwining lineage of Black music through Sound Ancestors like folklore oration, storytelling with the sorcery of a beatmaker who knows how to make an instrumental really sing.
Feb 2, 2021Like Akomfrah’s Data Thief, Madlib sees the connections between the past and future. On Sound Ancestors, he manages to give us a sense of what those connections feel like.
Feb 2, 2021Sound Ancestors is a realisation of what the Madlib and Hebden are capable of in tandem. It’s bold, different, and takes the genre of instrumental hip hop to the next level.
MojoMar 19, 2021Nourishing batch of beat collages. [May 2021, p.88]
Feb 2, 2021Hebden’s arrangement of Sound Ancestors shows deep and intuitive engagement with Jackson’s weed-scented sensibility, which has no use for presumptive distinctions between the beautiful and the funky, the silly and the profound.
Feb 2, 2021Sound Ancestors is a mixed bag if ever there was one. It's funky, it's psychedelic, it's jazzy, dirty, clean, and mean. It's Madlib.
Positive: 3 out of 3
Mixed: 0 out of 3
Negative: 0 out of 3
Apr 26, 2021The way this album flows together is absolutely outstanding, I didn’t know who Madlib was until I listened to this album but I love his work,The way this album flows together is absolutely outstanding, I didn’t know who Madlib was until I listened to this album but I love his work, the way he incorporated things from his culture is amazing, honestly a perfect album, this is a great album to go on a walk to as well, 10/10 for me.… Expand
May 18, 2021Each listen takes us further into the conceptualization of Madlib's music. 'Sound Ancestors' successfully manages to fuse outstandingEach listen takes us further into the conceptualization of Madlib's music. 'Sound Ancestors' successfully manages to fuse outstanding patterns, flows and ambiances. Samples play a very important role in here and are always used in one of the most impressive, inspiring and unpredictable way. The succession of tracks is of an astonishing and undeniable power, and the atmosphere oscillates very often between the appeasement, the instinctive awakeness and pure epicness. These songs are soft, raw, pleasant and agreeably disturbing. Thank you Four Tet to have mixed and channeled the irresistible genius of Madlib who did more than his best to fuse both nostalgic samples and experimental beats, finding his way to even pay respects for J Dilla. 'Sound Ancestors' truly is a excellent 'vibe album' even if some few tracks in my opinion kind of don't it the whole project.… Expand
Feb 17, 2022Madlib's "Sound Ancestors" is a masterpiece of instrumental hip hop that takes the genre to its next level. It is funky, psychedelic, bold andMadlib's "Sound Ancestors" is a masterpiece of instrumental hip hop that takes the genre to its next level. It is funky, psychedelic, bold and jazzy at the same time. And nothing sounds out of place, but deep, harmonious and perfectly arranged.
Madlib with his endless creativity combines numerous new and old sounds, connecting past, present and future. Together with Four Tet and his editing and mastering work, a great record is created in which everything flows together.
"Hang Out (Phone Off)"
"Theme de Crabtree"
February 17, 2022… Expand
Published: June 30, 2021Here are the best-reviewed albums released during the first half of 2021.
Awards & Rankings
|Live and Dangerous [Super Deluxe Edition] - Thin Lizzy|
|Desire, I Want To Turn into You - Caroline Polachek|
|Live at the Whisky 1977 [Box Set] - Cheap Trick|
|Travel - The Necks|
|S.O.S. - SZA|
|Manzanita - Shana Cleveland|
|False Lankum - Lankum|
|the record - boygenius|
|Maps - billy woods|
|That! Feels Good! - Jessie Ware|
|Rat Saw God - Wednesday|
|12 - Ryuichi Sakamoto|
|Angel Numbers - Hamish Hawk|
|Blómi - Susanne Sundfør|
|Wait Til I Get Over - Durand Jones|
|Everything Harmony - The Lemon Twigs|
|Indigo - RM|
|The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17: Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions 1996-1997 - Bob Dylan|
|Honky Château [50th Anniversary Edition] - Elton John|
|The Songs of Bacharach & Costello [Super Deluxe Edition Box Set] - Elvis Costello|