Madlib releases new album featuring collaborations with Four Tet


Today marks the release of “Sound Ancestors” – a new LP from prolific beatmaker and hip hop pioneer Madlib. The album was worked on collaboratively by Four Tet who has helped to orchestrate the arrangement of the tracks as he describes himself. 

“A few months ago I completed work on an album with my friend Madlib that we’d been making for the last few years. He is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album. Not made into beats for vocalists to use but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish. I put this concept to him when we were hanging out eating some nice food one day and we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision.”

Over the years Madlib has been one of the most pivotal figures in underground hip hop, recording alongside the likes of Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla, Guilty Simpson, Percee P and the late MF Doom. This new album, released via his own Madlib Invazion label, showcases the beatmaking powerhouse in full force. 

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