Digable Planets - Reachin' (CD)

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Categories
Hip-HopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Rap
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Media
CD
BarCode
724382775829
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Capitol
Distributor
EMI Music Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
724382775829
Previews

Rolling Stone (2/18/93, p.60) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[Digable Planets] methodically strip hip-hop to the bone with Afro-chic witticisms backed by a trunkload of retro jazz and funk beats...everything hip-hop should be: artistically sound, unabashedly conscious and downright cool..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/5/93, p.54) - "...this sexually mixed trio creates an ultrahip, deliberately fuzzy, retro universe...DP's brand of funk floats along on air-spun smoothness..." - Rating: B+
Q (5/93, p.92) - 3 Stars - Good - "...suffused with a self-consciously cool, controlled energy...there's supple funk and soft soul blended into the mix, too..."
Down Beat (6/93, p.38) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - "...Digable Planets manages to make a seamless and inventive style-leaping statement, although the handiwork is all in the rapping and the sampling..."
The Source (3/93, p.80) - 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...a loving blend of jazz, old school hip-hop, Five Percent perspectives and off-center beatnik rhymes...the cool cat sound of jazz-hop is very much alive...12 tracks of pure peace vibes...both substantive and relaxing..."
Option (5-6/93, p.99) - "...the music [on REACHIN'...] goes straight for the unconscious: it's like elevator music, yet all the ice in the world couldn't freeze out the seductive sensuality of these raps..."
Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #10 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Village Voice (3/9/93, p.80) - "...The airy delicacy of their sampled groove seems magically hyper-real in this pop context, transforming Butterfly and Doodle's weakness into wit and Lady Bug's samba-like skippity-skip into a come-on that's equal parts sexuality and self-respect..." - Rating: A
NME (Magazine) (2/13/93, p.31) - 8 - Excellent - "...Digable Planets are instantly likeable, delicious sounding and supremely strange...take[s] the artistry and excitement of the hip-hop nation into another stage of development..."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] It's Good To Be Here
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Pacifics - (from "n.y. Is Red Hot")
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Where I'm From
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] What Cool Breezes Do
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Time & Space (a New Refutation Of)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rebirth Of Slick (cool Like Dat)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Last Of The Spiddyocks
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Jimmi Diggin Cats
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] La Femme Fetal
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Escapism (gettin' Free)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Appointment At The Fat Clinic
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Nickel Bags
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Swoon Units
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Examination Of What
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] It's Good to Be Here
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Pacifics - (from "N.Y. Is Red Hot")
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Where I'm From
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] What Cool Breezes Do
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Time & Space (A New Refutation Of)
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Last of the Spiddyocks
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Jimmi Diggin Cats
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Femme F‚tal, La
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Escapism (Gettin' Free)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Appointment at the Fat Clinic
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Nickel Bags
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Swoon Units
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Examination of What
Genre
Rap / Hip Hop
Release Date
12 April 1996
Country
South Africa
Notes

Digable Planets: Butterfly, Doodle, Ladybug.
Additional personnel: Scientific Homiez (programming).
Producers: Butterfly, Shane "The Doctor" Faber, Mike Mangini.
Recorded at the Sound Doctor Studio, North Bergen, New Jersey.
Digable Planets were nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as "Best New Artist."
"Rebirth Of Slick" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Rap Duo Or Group."
Personnel: Doodlebug, Ladybug Mecca (vocals).
Recording information: Palatial Sound Doctor Studio & Resort, North Bergen, NJ.
Arranger: Butterfly.
In 1993, Digable Planets redefined the potential of hip-hop with this truly refreshing and unique groove opus. Claiming themselves heirs to the "brothers from outer space" mantel adopted by Sun Ra and such acts as Parliament/Funkadelic before them, the Planets serve up a psychedelicised jazz/hip-hop concoction over which Doodlebug, Ladybug, and Butterfly roll their sophisticated, mellifluous rhymes. While jazz sampling had already reared its head in hip-hop, the Planets were the first to make it an aesthetic. Disembodied snippets of Sonny Rollins (on "Time and Space"), Art Blakey (on "Cool Like Dat," the record's hit single), and others float in and out, merging seamlessly with the smooth beats and bass, while the copious use of echo further heightens the disc's individual sound.
Themes tend toward transcendence and mind expansion, as the subtitle of the album ("A New Refutation Of Time And Space") and the numerous references to chemical recreation ("Nickel Bags" is one of the highlights here) would indicate. With the overwhelming popularity of gangsta and hardcore street rap, REACHIN' only made a minor splash. But in no way does that diminish the creativity and remarkable appeal of this record.

Date Released
1999-01-01
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Digable Planets
Artists
  1. Digable Planets
Duration
56m 35s
Engineer
Shane Farber; Dr. Shane Faber; Mike Mangini

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