This latest offering by East Bay beat-meister and Anticon Records
producer Odd Nosdam is a soundtrack to a film with regard to the
ruff-tuff art of skateboarding, This Is My Element. It’s mutant
hip-hop, the kind of Music for Films that Brian Eno might’ve
conjured had he grown up in the East Bay in the 1990s instead of
“Top Rank” has idyllic, then pensive fragments of melody
ebbing-and-flowing over an eerie dublike metallic/industrial rhythm
matrix. “Root Bark” has a sweetly minimalist (think Philip Glass, Terry
Riley) melody undulating over a crisp, reggae-inflected pulse, while
“One for Dallas” takes a mariachi band into Mayan dub-land, driven by
what sounds like (it’s anybody’s guess) an exultant slide guitar riff.
Then imagine German electronica pioneers Cluster absorbing hip-hop
cadences, and you might well conceive “Wig Smasher.”
Oakland is the future and the future is now, baby.