DUDLEY PERKINS A Lil Light (Stone's Throw) Rating: NNN
There's little chance of confusing Dudley Perkins with the rest of the smoothed-out mainstream soul scene. His shambling, singsong vocal style, like a slightly more sober Ol' Dirty Bastard, is one reason, but the real difference here is Madlib's well-blunted production. A Lil Light staggers and sways like the rest of his productions, and the trippy, unpredictable beats regularly upstage Perkins's own vocals. It's all very progressive and outrageous, but it also gets tedious after a while. There's little here that approaches the cryptic charm of Perkins's now-classic Flowers. Hold out for the instrumental version.