one of Third Earth's newer artists, is showing that he has the potential
to become one of Hip Hop's best producers. The next test for Science
Fiction will be to see how MC's sound over his beats. Science Fiction's
journey into Hip Hop is not the typical one. He was born in Nigeria,
and then he lived in the Middle East before he came to the United States.
Once in the U.S., he went to Morehouse College where he started getting
into Hip Hop and producing. His first album, "Walls Don't Exist,"
is like a musical journey through love.
Science Fiction relies on a variety of sounds and melodies throughout
this sixteen-track voyage. The album starts out with "Like Metal
Hands With Paper Scissors (Part 2)" which has a nice piano melody
over a drum track with a tight bass loop. He also takes different vocal
samples and plays them over his tracks, which add another element to
"Beneath the Ice and Still Breathing" is fast track which
sounds like the title. The tracks seem to blend nicely with each other
here. It seems as though Science Fiction is telling a story throughout
the album, and the tracks seem arranged that way.
Tracks like "Carousel" start off slow and then pick up pace
while a distorted vocal sample plays in the background saying "round
and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows." After "Carousel,"
the upbeat "Sunshine" comes on, which is one of my favorite
tracks. This track just has a nice, feel-good element about it, and
the drum beat behind the instruments is tight, which is all you hear
as the track winds down.
The album ends on "All Is Not Lost" which is a thirteen-minute
instrumental which changes up as it plays. That is one of the strengths
of this album, because the songs don't get boring. Science Fiction has
put a lot of variation and different sounds into the tracks to prevent
it from getting boring.
There's not a whole lot of instrumental albums being released now, and
there are no MC's at all on this album. For fans of RJD2 and DJ Shadow,
this is definitely a worthwhile album to check out, and if you're just
looking for a high-energy, original sounding instrumental album you
can't go wrong with Science Fiction.