|MH-205 Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician - Wave Motion
Wave Motion, the first full-length instrumental release from Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician of The Five Deez, explores the deeper side of instrumental hip-hop. Using mature production and seductive jazz samples, Jon has created a truly notable record. Taking equal inspiration from 60's Kind Of Blue jazz and 70's Innervisions soul, Jon has crafted a release that chooses understated melodies and chord changes over cheap thrill loops and scratches. It is the work of someone who has spent years in the studio; it is the work of someone who has created thousands of tracks. Wave Motion is Fat Jon's finest work to date and a solid addition to the Mush catalog.
|Impressive - YRB / Multi-layered labor of love - CMJ / Masterfully Executed - Scratch / I just wish more producers would do this more - Ghetto Blaster / Meticulously composed and arranged - Urb / Proves that hip-hop is about more than the MC - Billboard / An undiscovered classic - Grooves / The more I listen to this, the better it gets - Mean Street
|At first, it sounds like a contradiction in terms: instrumental hip-hop. Loops and beats that don't come with text messages attached, that don't try to glorify someone's ego or slice up some imaginary adversary. Can it really be hip-hop without the wordplay? A small but growing coterie of Djs would say yes. Among them is Cincinnati's Fat Jon the Ample Soul Physician, whose Wave Motion occupies an interesting niche between hip-hop propulsion and the spacey textures of ambient electronica. Layering elegant, tinkling piano against simple drum patterns and extravagantly detailed percussion, Jon shows just how much damage can be done with a sampler. With this subtle album, Fat Jon wanders far from what Busta Rhymes might consider hip-hop. He rejiggers a famous Jaco Pastorius bass line to fit the taut groove of "1975;" fashions an odd discussion between mallets, flutes, acoustic guitars and bleating saxophone on "Automated Life Machines," and embellishes the syncopated snares of "Visual Music" with placid, loungy accompaniments. - Philadelphia Inquirer