KING BRITT Adventures In Lo-Fi (BBE/Fusion III) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Using the freedom offered by BBE's excellent Beat Generation series to return to his hiphop roots is something Philly DJ/producer King Britt clearly hasn't taken lightly. While many would cobble together a collection of outtakes and castoffs, Britt's dug deep, and the 22 tracks here suggest that hiphop and soul is where he should have stayed all along. A DJ's ear for the dance floor means underground jams featuring Madlib, Capitol A, Bahamadia and Dice Raw don't get too obscure, but the real revelation here is Superstar, featuring Ivana Santilli. Finally given the production she deserves, Santilli shimmies and sways over a Rhodes-drenched broken beat that has definite old-school appeal. Santilli is poised for a serious breakout.