I really enjoy throwing on this album when I’m chilling in my room, looking out the window and smoking a cigarette. Mothership ’88 is a slim-down wonky-ish sut of So-Cal hip hop. There’s something amazing about american ambient that’s never cold and isolating, even when there’s no strong groove. It’s flavoured with the influence of Dilla, Doom and Heat Sensor, but there are also elements that remind me of Ultra Milkmaids, Caribou and Colleen too.
Highlights are Goblin Tree, Goblins in Outta Space and Can’t Fathom. Check it.
Listening to Ben Wallace’s beats can be really confusing at times. Take Ice Cream Peaks, my favourite and the preview on our homepage player. The intro to is it a structural mess. In fact, pretty much the whole first half is a drunken stumble. But the deep head-nodding vibe is so strong, so psychedelic, I wonder if he lived another few hundred miles north, would he be a leading note in the Wonky scene rooted in Glasgow; Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus, The Heralds of Change, Dr. Who Dat etc. All slammed out by hand on some banged up old AKAI sampler, this is everything I love about Hip Hop and I’m really glad to have it on here. Moody, uplifiting, without cliche or chest-puffing attitude, solid and forward moving. What the hell is going on up north?