If you haven't seen any listings of performances by Suntouch, the Jazzistics, Jahari Massamba Unit, the Eddie Prince Fusion Band, Young Jazz Rebels, Kamala Walker, Yesterday's Universe All-Stars and the Soul Tribe or the Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble, that's probably because all those artists credited with tracks on Stones Throw's awesome new spiritual jazz disc, Yesterday's Universe, are actually just fanciful aliases for Madlib's Yesterday's New Quintet studio project.
It's a tour de force performance for the producer/arranger. While his more popular contemporary Pharrell Williams is still trying to get his head around the fact that John Coltrane was married to a woman, Alice Coltrane, who also made music (and it was dope!), Madlib has progressed to the level where he can create his own soulful and free spiritual jazz music that is virtually indistinguishable from some of the best music recorded in the early 70s for Tribe, Strata East and Black Jazz.
While Madlib is still at the stage where he's mimicking and interpolating his inspirations, it likely won't be long before he comes up with something new and mindblowing.