Revolutionary Rhythm is an underground hip-hop trio representing Los Angeles´consisting of Kid Abstract, Predominance and DJ Million Faces. I had never heard of this group before but after receiving an e-mail the other day saying that none other than DJ Spinna will be the responsible producer for the entirety of the trio's next album. Now if you follow my blog or a personal friend to me, you'd know I'd consider Spinna to be amongst the 5-10 best producers of all time, any day. So you know I had to check out this group and see what the fuss is about and headed over to their Bandcamp page. Their most recent album, "The Art Gallery", is a triumphant mix of jazz beats, soulful melodies, laid-back hip-hop and introspective raps. The emcee does a good job holding down the microphone, and the soul singer who provides the choruses and ocassional R&B-type verses is pue gold. Then there's the turntable work which is proper and the beats is sample-heavy, often laid back, but with headnod inducing rhythm tracks, sometimes even evoking a reagge flavor on cuts like "Jerry Session".At other times the cadence of main emcee Kid Abstract almost reminds me of Talib Kweli, and I don't mean that in any bad way.
"The Art Gallery" is without question a pretty damn cool listen; while it's not a perfect album, it's also void of filler material. With the help of the incredible DJ Spinna I have a feeling that this expanded quartet can makes wonder with an upcoming full-lengther. To be fair, it's not hard to see why Spinna woould like to lend his hand to this group's sound as much of the music on "The Art Gallery" is quite reminiscent of some of the tracks he did for "Here to There", his sole entry in the Beat Generaton Series ("Surely", "All Up In It", "Rock: Unplugged"). Anyway, it's not a perfect album, but definitely a solid listen and I can't wait to see what Spinna will do togethet with these guys so stay tuned y'all!