There is something that feels retroactive in the sound of Yasiin Bey’s “REcstatic“, which is a remix of his fourth album 2009’s The Ecstatic.
Preservation, Bey’s in house DJ and producer is the culprit behind this retelling. He adds a level of musical cohesion that the 2009 release did not have. The REcstatic has a very strong musically streamlined narrative that flows from one song to the next building a strong repertoire. Preservation knows how to highlight Bey’s enriching lyrical delivery by creating beats that complement his jazzy vocal coolness. As always, Bey has a poetic social commentary that colors his subject matter.
“Pistola” feels like one of those hip hop tracks coming from the east coast in the early 90’s. “Life in Marvelous Times” comes with a funky gritty groove that is carried by a mean bass and drum kick, it feels like an anthem of inspiration. I must say that the original “Roses” featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow is a much better version and can’t be contested. “Black Fantastic” (prod. by Minnesota) replaces “Casa Bey” which takes on a more simple laid back vibe. Preservation serves us a stripped down soulful rendition of “History” feat. Talib Kweli, originally produced by Dilla.
The REcstatic is worth having in your music collection. It is musically sound and consistent. Overall, I think I actually may like it better than The Ecstatic.