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Japanese verison has the bonus tracks "Mix Up" and "Fibonacci Sequence".
Having long since shed their image as hip-hop's clown princes, the Beastie Boys now bring what feels like their emeritus recording, a celebratory instrumental memoir of all of the influences (except punk) that brought them to their secure place among hip-hop's fickle elite. The party opens with the aptly titled "B for My Name," its plodding bounce staking claim to the mid-tempo path the album treads almost throughout. "14th St. Break" picks up the pace, especially in the auxiliary percussion breakdown, complete with rally whistle. Then, beginning with "Suco de Tangerina," the album drops into a deep groove cut from dub- and dancehall-tinged ostinati that carry through a full third of its tracks. Among these, "The Gala Event" suffers from a lack of developmental motion that characterizes many of these tracks, but highlights still abound. "Off the Grid," for example, departs from the otherwise unbreakable chill and rips the proceedings wide open, blooming again and again in a series of pulsing riffs that celebrate the very institution of the instrumental groove. More than 20 years since Licensed to Ill took a long, irreverent piss into the mainstream, it seems you can still fight for your right to party. --Jason Kirk
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While 'The In sound from Way Out' was a compilation of instrumental songs from other albums like 'Ill Communication', 'Mix-Up' is a collection of original instrumental songs created for the actual album.
Songs like Suco de Tangerina and Biscuits and Butter that are grittier than the sounds coming from bands such as Soulive and more raw that Medeski Martin and Wood. It's unique but easy to listen to. I really like it.
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Maybe the Beasties weren't trying to sound like Medeski, Martin & Wood. Maybe they were just doing their own thing. Expanding on a sound and style they had already established if only hinted at on previous albums. And maybe you could write better music yourself right chief? I highly doubt it.
This is a great album and a natural progression from a band that has long since earned the right to do whatever they want to do. I hope this becomes a trend and we see more instrumental releases from them.
1. You like the BB's as hip hop artists, especially the funny lyrics, and enjoy the old school beats. You like Hello Nasty and To the Five Boroughs more than Check Your Head. Chances are good that you won't care for this album---don't buy it.
2. Your favorite album is Check Your Head and you really like the funky instrumental interludes on that and other albums of that era. BUT, you are not an avid listener of funk/acid jazz and are not familiar with Medeski, Martin, and Wood, etc. You will probably like this album and should buy it.
3. You fit into Category 2 EXCEPT that you ARE familiar with MMW, recent collaborations by John Scofield, Grey Boy Allstars, etc. You will be disappointed in this album because it just doesn't measure up. Frankly, this album comes off as very amateurish and shows that, though the BB's have developed some chops, they can't pull off a full album of instrumentals. The interludes in Check Your Head were just that---interludes---and you can't support a full album on interlude music. Not being a hater---I love the BB's too---but check out any of Stanton Moore's albums and you will see exactly what I mean.
You can hear how much fun the guys had recording this. It's a funky, fresh release. It's great chill out music. Buy "The Mix-Up" now; you won't regret it. Plus, you'll enjoy and appreciate it long before the Johnny-come-latelys come around and start singing its praises!
For those of you out there who want something a little groovy and different, get it. Meanwhile I'm going to mix myself a gimlet and listen to a great little combo called the Beastie Boys. Their new album is cool as hell.
This is the perfect time for them to stop talking and showcase their musical talents - without sampling. These guys love to jam out, and it shows.
I've been a huge Beastie Boys fan since 1985, and I do enjoy The Mix Up. I'm giving it 4 stars only because many of the songs tend to blend together, almost as if the album is one continuous track. There's not quite as much grit in this album as I had expected when looking back at the prior instrumentals.
It is very enjoyable to listen to, and I applaud the Beastie Boys' move away from rapping on their albums. Just buy it - it's great for chillin.