Madlib has been releasing a number of instrumental beat tapes as part of his Beat Konducta series. Previous titles included Movie Scenes and Beat Konducta in India, both were imaginary film soundtracks; the self-deceptive A Tribute to J Dilla; and the Beat Konducta in Africa inspired by the Zambian “Zamrock” music scene of the ’70s. The latest installment of the Beat Konducta series is called Rock Konducta Volumes 1 and 2, and both beat tapes are influenced by worldwide underground rock including German Krautrock, Spanish prog rock, and some early 80s synth-based oddities.
“Black Widow” the first single sounds as though it’s the perfect mesh of sweaty, lo-fi garage rock and psych rock with hip hop. It’s pretty trippy, man.