African beatmaker Ras G keeps things lo-fi, dusty and digital with "I of the Cosmos," a twitchy collection of instrumentals that distillls noise, distortion, samples and drums into its own brand of spacey hip-hop.
When last we heard from African beatmaker Ras G, he was keeping things lo-fi with the dense, rickety atmospherics of "Beats of Mind." Under a slightly-modified moniker - Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program - he keeps things dusty and digital with "I of the Cosmos."
The 2008 collection of twitchy instrumentals ranges from Latin-flavored bump ("Brasilintime Gmix") to spacey mellowness ("5 AM Spliff" and "Orion Toys") to freewheeling blips and bleeps ("Overtherah").
Sometimes the broken-computer atmosphere can get a little grating ("Crenshaw and King"), but "I of the Cosmos" does a great job distilling noise, distortion and drums into its own brand of spaced-out street soul.
Click here to hear samples from "I of the Cosmos."