Sunday, July 02, 2006

Mr. Voodoo (Natural Elements) "Lyrical Tactics" (1996)

Not to be confused with Voodu from the West coast, Mr. Voodoo is 100% NYC. My introduction to the Natural Elements crew, this record showcases some of Charlemagne's best production, Mr. Voodoo's classic NYC flow, and an ill Natural Elements posse cut that would set the standard for future material.

It's hard to pick a favorite here, as each of the three cuts on the 12" have a distinct feel and are straight dope. I ended up rocking "Hemlock" the most often of the three; I couldn't get enough of the chilled-out jazzy groove. "Lyrical Tactics" features a bouncy, bassline-focused beat that showcases a more aggressive Voodoo. "Shine", the posse cut, may be the most well-known cut on this record, thanks to DJ Premier, who rocked doubles of it on one of his mixtapes in the mid-90's.

My understanding is that this record is pretty hard to find, and all three of these cuts are quintessential mid-90's NYC indie shit...snatch this one up. Includes the three cuts mentioned, as well as the "Lyrical Tactics" instrumental.

[UPDATE, 7/14, 5pm: Re-archived, re-upped file]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome info + songs, much appreciated man

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post, even though I already had it
Hemlock's my favorite to

11:59 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

cool...did you pick it up in '96, or have you seen copies floating around? just curious about how much distribution it got, i have no idea

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for putting up the real shit
and if you have {or know what its on} the natrual elements cover song of jungle brothers "the promo" if you could upload it or tell me what its on its one of my favourite n.e. tracks but ive only got the a-butta and mr voodoo verses

10:52 PM  
Blogger apani said...

Thank you for this!

10:28 AM  

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