Busdriver Jhelli Beam on Vinyl LP + Download Card!
A dashing young figure in the Los Angeles underground hip hop scene, Busdriver returns with his latest, Jhelli Beam, both smart and smartass, theatrical without being pompous, and, as always, funny as hell. Busdriver’s legendarily breath‐defying flow teeters precariously on top of samples of classical music, jazz drumming and proggy guitar parts, without ever losing sight of the electronic music that helped define his sound, enthralled fans and stood out from the beats that weighed down much of his contemporaries' work. And as usual, Busdriver has some heavy friends to help out: legendary underground battle rapper Nocando guests on a classically witty Busdriver track "Least Favorite Rapper" while Islands' precocious Nick Thorburn's influence can be heard on an almost ELO‐flavored song "Happy Insider." The sum of Jhelli Beam's seemingly disparate parts creates a record that is mindfully engaging and booty shaking at the same time a wholly unique take on what an underground hip‐hop album should be.
Busdriver is one of the featured pioneering rappers in the new documentary This Is The Life, documenting the underground scene that evolved around The Good Life Café in South Central L.A.
Busdriver Jhelli Beam Track Listing
1. Split Seconds (Between Nannies and Swamis)
2. Me ‐ Time (With The Pulmonary Palimpsets)
3. Handfuls Of Sky
4. Scoliosis Jones
5. Least Favorite Rapper feat. Nocando
6. Quebec And Back
7. Do The Wop
8. World Agape
9. Manchuria feat. Myka 9
10. Unsafe Sextet/Gilded Hearts of Booklovers
11. Happy Insider feat. Nick Thorburn
12. I've Always Known
13. Fishy Face feat. John Dieterich (of Deerhoof)