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Ras G

Brotha From Another Planet

(Alpha Pup; US: 7 Apr 2009)

The third album from LA beatsmith Ras G hits that golden spot between the stuttering spaced out instrumental hip-hip of Flying Lotus, the avant-afro of Mike Ladd, and the found-soundscape chill of Carlos y Gaby’s quiet masterpiece La Voz Sabia De Los Cosmos. No wonder Carlos Nino has been singing the man’s praises. This brotha really is from another planet.


If the most recent from Prefuse 73, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian didn’t take you where you wanted to go, this fabulous addition to the ever expanding and thoroughly eclectic catalogue of Alpha Pup will at least hitch a ride with you for a while and get you high. Brotha From Anotha Planet is not memorable enough stick with you for the long haul, but it will at least get you within hitchhiking distance of outer space. Lasting effect notwithstanding, the album reveals Ras G to be an amazingly versatile knob twiddler with myriad influences and a definite life-changing mood in mind. Ignore him now, but one day, he will light up a piece of your world.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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