MADLIB Blunted In The Bombshelter (Trojan) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Rather than hire Los Angeles underground hiphop producer/DJ Madlib to do a yet another straight roots reggae compilation, Trojan shrewdly has the Stones Throw thrilla use his 12OOs, CDJ-1000 and Akai DPS12i to assemble a hiphop-style mix disc of his favourite rockers, dub and lovers rock swingers, clearly aimed at the reggae-curious b-boy beat-digging crowd. Naturally, the herb-friendly Madlib keeps the cool-running flow at smoking speed and includes numerous tracks such as Linval Thompson's I Love Marijuana, Barrington Levy's Sensimelia and Horsemouth Wallace's Herb Vendor -- consistent with his leafy green world view -- over the course of the 45-track house party spin. The good news for vinyl junkies is that there's an unmixed double-LP version. The bad news is that it has only 16 tracks.