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Dr. No's Oxperiment

Oh No

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Album Review

Following in the tradition of other notable producers, Oh No flexes his talent on his third solo release, the beat record Dr. No's Oxperiment. Inspired by and sampled from Turkish, Lebanese, Italian, and Greek psychedelic rock, the album is much more melodic and full-sounding than anything Madlib might do, but Oh No's always been more tune-driven, and less concerned with jolty, sparse beats (though that kind of thing occasionally makes its way here) than his brother, and so looking for Beat Konducta Jr. material here would be a misguided approach. Dr. No's Oxperiment ends up sounding a lot more like a DJ Shadow or RJD2 album than something by Dilla or the Alchemist, the 28 tracks (all of which are under two minutes) working together to complete the whole, a kind of warm, nearly-poppy, guitar-filled trip into Middle Eastern chants, tight bass grooves, and drums that hover beneath the surface. That's one of Oh No's greatest talents, in fact: his ability to mix the different elements of his compositions so that none of them stick out too much but are all completely present, important and perceptible. The kick, the snare, are both there, are keeping the tracks in line, but unless an overt attempt is made to pick them out, they blend so cleanly into the strings, the keys, the vocal samples, that they're sometimes hard to hear. And unlike his brother, Oh No is not afraid of major keys and poppy chord progressions, even occasionally venturing into something that's vaguely catchy, and not just the avant-garde left-field modal wanderings that so dominate Madlib's beats. It's not that Oh No is a less advanced producer than his brother, it's just that he focuses on different things: inclusion instead of obscurity, harmony instead of atonality. Dr. No's Oxperiment is a beat album, that much is sure, but it's more than that, it's more than music for the obsessed crate digger. It's rich and vibrant, like a marketplace, crates of oranges and nuts and olives sitting in the shade, the sound of vendors hacking their wares, everything necessary to the proceedings around it, a perfectly orchestrated expedition into an exotic landscape that somehow, at the same time, feels very, very familiar, all of which makes the record an exciting and very satisfying listen.

Customer Reviews

Great Album but would be nothing without SELDA!!!!!!

OH NO made this hole album from an old record by a turkish artist called SELDA, the HAVEY beat is a song called Ince Ince by SELDA and Peanut butter Wold used one of her tracks for a Percee P song. If you like this album got cop Selda's album she inspired this entire album and deserves credit for it.

oh no kills it

nothing else comes close to stones throw joints

Donut Konducta Oxperimental

First impressions: not as good as Donuts or Beat Konducta: Movies Scenes--but DAMN close. (Those are some incredibly high standards to be held against). Probably more accessible than those other two. This will be in my car for weeks, thank you Michael and PB Wolf! Stones Throw is heating up again for 2007! Don't hesitate to use all your downloads, this is a must have and not available elsewhere until 8/14. Oh No bring da raw heat!

Biography

Born: Oxnard, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

As if the family weren't busy enough, son Michael (brother of DJ phenom Madlib, son of soul singer Otis Jackson, Sr., and nephew of jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis) also decided to try his hand in the music world. Nicknamed Oh No the Mischievous Rebel by Lootpack MC Wildchild, the youngest Jackson soon shortened his name to simply "Oh No." Hooked on DJing and rapping since age 11, Oh No would practice making beats during breaks at work. The hard effort paid off when Oh No recorded his first singles with...
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