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Soulmates

Nobody

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Album Review

Originally intended as a tape of beats and other sounds that could be sold now and again to increase cash flow, Nobody's Soulmates quickly became fancied by hip-hop connoisseurs who were keeping an ear out in Los Angeles. The CD's 18 tracks were created by Nobody on a sampler, antiquated laptop, turntables, and with the help plenty of samples. Known as Elvin Estela to family and friends, Nobody makes adroit use of these tools and resources in his shaping of Soulmates. Such instrumental songs as "Leading to the One," which combines subsided basslines with offbeat rhythms, and the raining cymbal patterns and loopy guitar vamps of "Outbreak," make this release a pleasure to listen to. Nobody stacks samples in such a way that he retains the essential quality of the music's original context while generating hypnotic sonic tensions that coax one into introspecting on nothingness. Hip-hop ditties featuring guest appearances by a few of L.A.'s underground poets also add to the CD's success. Medusa from Organized Noize, 2 Mex of Visionaries, Aceyalone, and Freestyle Fellowship all rhyme in time with Nobody's constructions. A creative CD that resists the formulaic, Nobody's Soulmates subtly raises the musical bar for hip-hop and instrumental acts to follow.

Customer Reviews

Best Of All Albums!

This, the first album by Nobody, is the best this group has ever put out! Though their later work has many great songs, this album delivers on nearly everyone.

You better jump on this like NOW!

This is one of the best hip-hop albums I've ever heard, no doubt. Nobody is insanely skilled at weaving disparate sounds together into a aural patchwork that never fails to amaze. This album can take you places far, far away...and every time I listen to it I hear something new. Highlights include "For Those Who Never Dream," "Outbreak," "Shades of Orange," "Planets Ain't Aligned," and "Sixth Sense." Seriously though, the whole album is hot. If you're a DJ Shadow/instrumental hip-hop fan CHECK IT.

Music Soothes.....

Music soothes the savage beast and this album soothes the beast in me. Buy it, and let it soothe you too!!

Biography

Genre: Hardcore

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

Born Elvin Estrela, the boy who would become producer Nobody grew up in Los Angeles, exchanging hip-hop mixtapes with his friends in high school, hanging out at the Good Life Café, and listening to a lot of different music, from rap to '60s psychedelia to electronica, all of which influenced him later on. As an artist he chose to focus on using samples to create his own work, and in 2000 his full-length debut, Soulmates, which featured MCs like Abstract Rude and 2Mex, among others, came out on Ubiquity....
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