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Mr. Hill – the darkest hour

Posted on: May 30, 2008

An instrumental hip hop record that explores the twilight world between the light of life and night of death. Mr. Hill of Oldominion from Seattle has done production for acts such as Boom Bap Project, Grayskul, Kool Keith, Akrobatic and of course Oldominion – and many more, but he has always been the one to play the humble part, no matter how many topnotch projects he’s involved with.

After started as a DJ in the early 90s, n the mid-90s his passion for DJing started dying down when Hill felt less inspired by the output from the hiphop community. He got into beat-making instead in 1997 when Swope got a Dr. Boss sampler. “We would mess around on it and eventually he ended up buying an MPC 2000. I hit that thing every day until I bought my own gear,” he notes.

The beats on this record never leave the truth of that old boom bap. They are as hard and fixed as the concrete of a city street. But above the hard, no-nonsense beats float elegant phantoms of strings, classical piano, soul horns, and whispers of those who have lost everything and long for everything. This is a very sad but beautiful record, one that matches the mood of Seattle – many months with too much rain and too little sunshine.

Beyond the darkness. (file is down, please leave a comment if you wish a re-up)

it´s up again! thanks a lot to reader GRAND for re-up.


7 Responses to "Mr. Hill – the darkest hour"

Yes that Thank You album is rather good. Also, you have been added as a friend of the Un Blog Andalou. cheers.

re-up, please

re-up, anyone….

re-up pleeeeze…

sorry, seems i lost the record, searched for it, no chance to find, aaaargh. no re-up here

awesome, thank you!

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