Rock Konducta Vol. 1
Rock Konducta Vol. 1 is the latest in Madlib’s “Beat Konducta” series that has him making up imaginary soundtracks, and offloading beats and pieces from his archive. This one is strictly vinyl only, though it will be re-issued in 2014, released as Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (as has been the way with the other Beat Konducta CDs) and available then as digital and CD as well as, presumably, vinyl.
So this is a limited edition release – and though it’s easy enough to like, flitting through various underground rock moments – including blasts of psychedelic and Krautrock it isn’t anywhere near as cool, nor essential, as the soul and funk and Bollywood-informed entries into the series that preceded this one.
Of course any new Madlib release is cause for celebration, for whispers and hushed-tone revelry from his fans. And I consider myself among them – and obviously wanted to get on board with this, to get hold of this.
But I just don’t find it to be anything particularly special – it feels thrown together. A bit lazy. Maybe it’ll make more sense when the Vol. 2 component is added? But I’d rather go with our own Alphabethead who by far and away has the jump on one of his likely heroes when it comes to this kind of splatter-paint, take from the rock world and make into hip-hop, turntablism.