Pete Rock And CL Smooth All Souled Out EP on Colored 12" Vinyl
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Pete Rock and CL Smooth's debut EP, All Souled Out (1991), was the perfect set-up – and bridge to – their flawless LP, Mecca & The Soul Brother, which appeared only one year later. Fans new and old are sure to know the EP's only single, "The Creator." The cut is a perfect slice of early ‘90s hip-hop – uptempo, rolling along at a sprinter's pace with killer horns that sew up the chorus. Interestingly, it's the only song on the EP where Pete Rock rhymes (and solo at that, with lines written by Brand Nubian's Grand Puba).
The remaining five songs, with CL Smooth in full charge of the mic, are no less impressive. The sleeper is perhaps "Go With The Flow," a kinetic groove with an egregiously thick, muted bassline, surgical cuts and never-endingly captivating lines by the liquid-tongued CL. "All Souled Out" boasts all of the Pete Rock trademarks – a jumpy, filtered bassline; beautifully stitched horn samples on the hook; and this time with a faster tempo.
CL has no issues with Pete's BPM challenge, proving he can drop knowledge at any speed. And of two different versions of "Good Life" on the platter, the EP's final cut, the "Group Home Mix," is perhaps the winner, with an abundance of musical action to back up CL's lyrical musings on ways to achieve success and comfort in life. 25 years after its initial impact, All Souled Out sounds as heavy and essential as ever, and will remind fans how important this duo was to the artform.