Well well, a whole lot of familiar names we have here: MindsOne (who we’ve featured on this site and in our podcast Stay Thirsty before) and DJ Iron from Belgium (who did an underground hip hop mix for The Find a few years ago) are back with a new collaboration, a full-length album this time.
The album’s out now on Ill Adrenaline, a New Jersey based label which dropped releases before with production work by K-Def and D.I.T.C’s Buckwild, Showbiz & AG, as well as with guest appearances by INI’s Grap Luva and Rob-O. And —more importantly for this post— Pillars by MindsOne & Kev Brown, the predecessor of the album we’re talking about now.
Alright, enough with the name dropping. The album contains 14 pleasant boom bap tracks with a very little touch of jazz. Out now on vinyl (limited to 200 copies), available via Vinyl Digital, HHV, Fat Beats, or UGHH.
“[MindsOne & DJ Iron] aim to examine the bigger picture. Why are we here? Where do we go in the end? Is that an SP1200? Damn right. Is life too complex to condense into 40 minutes? Challenge accepted.
First, don’t look at life as the sum of its events. Think about it as a series of phases. Next, combine MindsOne’s handcrafted lyrical artistry with DJ Iron’s jazz infused boom-bap. Combine, two parts cynicism, one part mysticism, and add water. Then, sprinkle in a guest appearance by the sage John Robinson, throw in a heavy dose of turntablism from DJ Iron and MindsOne’s DJ Noumenon and Slim Deluxe, and the theory is complete.”