Sunday, August 13, 2006

Mathematik "Better by the Letter" (1998)

I picked up a random LP back in '96 called "Beat Factory Essentials Volume 1", chock full of Canadian indies. Lot of solid cuts on it, but one abso-fuckin-lutely standout track: Down to Erf's "Learn to Earn". A few years later, this Mathematik twelve arrived (again on Beat Factory), and I was geeked, as I hadn't heard anything by Mathematik since...



There are three cuts on this twelve ("Better by the Letter", "Formation", "Rhyme Training"), all of which would later appear in one form or another on "Ecology", Mathematik's first album released in 2000. So why should you bother with the 12"?

Rhyme Training. The original version, here on the twelve, does not appear on the album (a remix does); love the original version, the sample is simultaneously jazzy and sunny as hell. There's an optimism about it that's infectious, and works perfectly with Mathematik's voice and flow. Also includes the instrumentals for "Formation" and "Rhyme Training".

More Mathematik:
* Mathematik's 2000 album "Ecology" is here.
* Apparently, there were a number of remixes of "Following Goals" with Bahamadia. One version is here, along with some other Canadian indie goodies.
* Mathematik's site

9 Comments:

Blogger knowledge said...

props, btw espionage, ive got a hold on that 22 years joint, if you need, i can hook you up per mail or something, peace

9:53 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

yeah, i'd love to hear it...can you post a link? or you could email me at jonschmidgall -at- hotmail.com...thx!

10:02 AM  
Blogger knowledge said...

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10:07 AM  
Blogger knowledge said...

you got mail, sorry for the doublepost, just delete the other, peace.

10:09 AM  
Blogger g. said...

the only mathematik song i ever bothered with was uprise, but these are all bangers. looks like i've been sleeping, so thanks for the wake up! peace.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Tired & Broke said...

I've been searching for this single like hell my man... what's original sample used on 'Better By The Letter'?? and hella props on the instrumental man...I LOVE THAT SHIT!!!

T&B

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tired & Broke said...

oh yeah I have you heard The Rhyme Formation Remix??? that shit is insane...and much doper than the original version...peace...

T&B

11:41 AM  
Blogger djespionage said...

@tired and broke: you have the "rhyme formation" remix?

3:54 PM  
Blogger hiphopfanatik said...

@ espionnage : yo I was wondering if there's any chance to drop the acapella version (mathematik) to complete the 12" ?

You made my day with this piece, I was looking for this wax since a while !!!

Thanx in advance

Peace keep up the good work

9:51 AM  

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