|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 writes a love letter to his sampler on 10 Seconds - the title refers to the pathetically small sample capacity of the E-mu SP-1200. Tracks like "Dynamic Button" thump from beneath a coating of lo-fi grime, with drums as intricate as Shadow's best. - Muzik