|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
|Chicago native Jel had already made a name for himself among fans of underground hip-hop before releasing the eclectic, dynamic 10 Seconds. After producing beats for some of the more talented artists on the hip-hop fringe, Jel introduced the world to his own distinctive blend of instrumental hip-hop. 10 Seconds is an extended ode to the SP-1200, hip-hop's first and most famous sampling device. Named for the 1200's limited ten seconds of sampling time, Jel's full-length debut offers a living history of hip-hop sampling, from Marley Marl to Rza. Built from pieces, albeit very small pieces, of other people's music, Jel has created an energetic, expansive sound that is all his own. Moody and atmospheric, this varied mix is remarkably cohesive. Bristling with soft soul and ragged funk, mixing ambient beats with deep, thumping bass lines and wild scratching, 10 Seconds is an ambitious, disparate concoction and Jel weaves it all together beautifully. - All Music Guide