Mello Music Group stays winning. Last week, they let Oddisee’s Mental Liberation go out to the masses for free, and now they’re following up with the instrumentals from Diamond District’s excellent In The Ruff. These beats stood out from the crowd back in 2009 and still glow to this day. Oddisee, Dunc of DTMD, Slimkat78 and Kev Brown brought some heat. Knocking drums and eclectic samples abound, with a fine layer of dust sprinkled over everything.
For a sample, try the rocking “Make It Clear.” It’s an adrenaline rush in song form, laced with a hardy breakbeat that provides the backing for stabbing, screaming organ riffs and muffled, melodic vocals. The breakdown at the end, a deep bass groove set against thumping drums, is also fantastic, a perfect contrast to the preceding banger. Nothing out of place here, or on the tape in general. Like true craftsmen, these guys do their work with care.
The In The Ruff instrumentals are available on Bandcamp now, for a limited time only.