|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
|The solo project from the Anticon producer Jel is an obvious tribute to his skills with the SP-1200. On 10 Seconds named for the criminally short sampling time the contraption allows, Jel doesn't rewrite its limitations but rather focuses on the infinite possibilities of the science of sampling. One can hear Dj Shadow in the carefully drawn out landscapes and staccato snare drum fills. Likewise, he recalls Dj Premier in the raw and rumbling stripped down beats. Trip-hop and British beat experiments circa '96 from the Mo' Wax/Ninja Tunes camps are referenced with his dark splashy drum programs. There's even the occasional break beat/funk/rock workout. With so many different styles explored, 10 Seconds still manages to sound cohesive. - Repellent