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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Organic Thoughts
The Purest Form
Blaze the World

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
New Jersey's Organic Thoughts, a five-member crew featuring three MCs and two DJs, are yet another hip-hop group that wears their love of the early '90s era on their definitely non-iced out sleeves.

Their new album, The Purest Form, is buoyed by the smooth rhymes of El Gambina, the only female member, as well as the solid turntable skills of DJs Reason and OnPoynt. Auxiliary member and producer, Illmind, provides almost all the beats on the record, from the funk-laced "Higher Degree" to the Rhodes-infused "No 1 Can Rise Above," which is also a solo joint for El Gambina, to the Hi-Tek style "Soul Movement." The DJs provide some choice samples throughout.

The intro track, aptly titled "Intro (Who's This?)," is a collage of classic hip hop samples, one on top of the other, featuring lines you can't help but recognize by Black Moon, Method Man, and Tribe. The aforementioned "No 1" features what I think is a Planet Asia sample, and "No Options" flaunts some well-placed Gangstarr and Kool G Rap snippets. Featured guests stray from the usual pack, which is a welcome change: Large Professor, Prince Poetry (Organized Konfusion), and the Mountain Brothers all put in appearances.

"Hip hop used to be about the love for making music," says Fraze. This sentiment is evident throughout the record.

While their style at times threatens to sink a bit too much into "conscious" rap, leaving behind any element of grime or grit, Organic Thoughts' overall production and verbal skills keep it above the hip hop fray of mundane music.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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