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Time Machine Tm Radio [coll] – [Glow in the Dark Records]

Hunter Gatherer   12/18/2005   CD, Hip Hop

Released in June 2005, this is a hip hop sampler from the Glow In The Dark label with the conceit that it is a radio show. The hosts are Washington DC’s Time Machine which is comprised of Mekalek, Jaysonic, and Comel. We added their 12″ EP Grime Machine earlier this year.

The CD has the feel of a mix tape, except the songs are back announced and there are features like a mini interview? with Celph Titled (introduced as the Rubix Cuban) before he goes into his (non-FCC compliant) rhymes. Another feature is a Mekalek Mixshow in which he mixes a few (non-FCC compliant) tracks together in tracks 10 through 14.

As a result, many of the tracks have an intro or outro that won’t make much sense if played along with the song because it will sound like someone is back announcing other songs. This happens on tracks 1, 5 (intro and outro), 8 (outro), 10 (intro), 13 (outro), 14 (intro),16 (outro), 19 (outro). It’s a shame that these weren’t marked off as separate CD tracks.

A good part of the charm of this CD is the way the music flows together. But even picking and choosing individual tracks will still yield some very worthwhile underground hip hop.

I think that Time Machine is cleared to start doing grave shifts.

19 is a particularly chill instrumental

Language: 4 ‘fuck,’ 11 ‘fuck’ ‘motherfucking? ‘fucking,? 15 ‘shit,? 16 ‘shit? ‘fuck,’ 17: ‘motherfuckers?

–Hunter Gatherer

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