|MH-208 Jel - 10 Seconds
From Mantronix to Marley Marl, the Beastie Boys to Large Professor, the Bomb Squad to Dj Muggs, and the Rza to Jel, the SP-1200 has been the most important instrument in hip-hop's short history. Named after the unit's criminally small amount of sample time, 10 Seconds pays homage to hip-hop's past without ever sounding dated. Featuring the signature drum programming and sample selection that has made him a favorite in underground circles, the instrumental format of 10 Seconds allows Jel the opportunity to structure his tracks without limitation. The result is a full-length that flows while maintaining the standard hip-hop boom-bap and is sure to go down as blueprint for future hip-hop instrumentals.
|An impressive compilation of a beat-maker whose close attention to detail is definitely paying off - CMJ / Jel at his finest - Synthesis / One of hip-hop's most innovative beat merchants - Mean Street / Instrumental hip-hop doesn't get much better than this - Alternative Press / Measure this current release and you'll know the joy of witnessing hip-hop's evolution firsthand - Tokion
|Jel is the production dynamo behind Anticon's varied projects like Deep Puddle Dynamics, Themselves and others. He gets to indulge himself with a fistful of instrumentals that need no narration. The 10 Seconds title refers to the amount of sample storage space in the SP-1200: the original, pre-Pro Tools beat architect of early hip-hop classics. Jel's beats are lovingly chopped and diced, recalling the stuttered and dirty production values of such SP-1200 legends like Mantronix, DJ Muggs and Large Professor. Jel prefers a more low-key approach, recreating the atmosphere of an Amsterdam hash bar more than a packed Manhattan nightclub. With a smattering of sounds and rhythmic canvasses to rhyme over, smoke to or get some deep thinking done, Jel proves himself a growing virtuoso on the beatbox. - Pulse