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One/Three sees hip-hop going under the precise knife of Dabrye and emerging with a serious facelift, but with a new zest for life. Dabrye’s electronic hip-hop beatscapes are vaguely familiar yet futuristically new. Unashamedly electronic in atmosphere – his beats sound like they have been put through an industrial shredder – they went in as crisp boom-bap a la Jay Dee and came out as squelchy, metallic chrome-blip. But Dabyre injects enough warmth into his mechanistic basslines to maintain a healthy neck-snapping quotient. These are steel-encased hip-hop beatscapes that fuse the intrinsic groove of hip-hop into a warm, malleable liquid metal that IDM-ers will be proud to call their own. For example, "So Scientific" recalls an electro sensibility with its so smug title and Atari-game bleeps. Meanwhile, "I’m Missing You" reminds you of the human imagination that went into all this, with the hint of a spliced up, tweaked out vocal sample. For all its spit-polished steely grinding, One/Three never seems far from its human source, and carries with it a self-deprecating sense of humor lest we take it all too seriously. Just check out the playful "Hot Mating Ritual" for further evidence. Dabrye turns hip-hop inside out and lovingly exposes it by its sampled, drum-machined guts on this quirky, but enjoyable grower of an album.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.