A few months ago, I was asked to review this album, by this guy who I had never heard of for a freelance assignment. I was a little unsure of what to expect from a guy named Flako, but had to listen regardless.
As soon as I turned on the album, I was amazed by how much I liked the album, and here’s essentially what I thought of the project. Mind you, this review is a little dated, I just realized I had never posted it.
I hope you decide to listen to this album after reading my review—it’s great.
In music these days, an artist would be nothing without a producer and memorable production. Yes, an artist’s talent should outweigh the production to the point that if there were no production it’d still be a stellar project–but let’s face it, that’s not so true these days. Keeping that in mind, Chile bred by way of both Berlin and London producer, Flako, creates a delicately crafted production project with his latest installment Meseket out May 6th via Project Moon Circle. Flako delicately combines all that’s been missing in music and uses it as the foundation for a well-crafted 30-track project. This project allows listeners to see why Flako is one of the top producers in Europe at the current time.
Listening to the project, it kind of puts you in the mindset of the legendary J.Dilla’s production classic Donuts (2006) using rather short songs for the perfect hip-hop driven beat tape. Unlike J.Dilla’s classic, Flako’s project uses very few vocal samples with the exception of “Drops,” “One Quarter” “Lords of Chaos,” and “Hotsh.” Many of the songs on the project you could easily hear some of J.Dilla’s long time companions rapping over–Slum Village, Common, Busta Rhymes and etc.
At track four, “Sluggish Thing” listeners are taken on a crazy ride that contradicts the name of the track. This song amongst others on the project, can possibly making you nod your head to the point of whiplash or shake your hips to the point of losing feeling in them. Flako opens the song in a rather simple way with little instrumentation, and then the rest of the song comes on with great production taking you on almost a hip-hop expedition through a haunted house, somber but amazing at the same time.
“With You” is perhaps one of my personal favorites on the album. Flako uses a little bit of everything for inspiration for this song. It’s mellow, but not overwhelmingly mellow and the end beat 40 seconds into the song, the added element of the slight vocal sample makes the song even better.
Overall, what makes this project great is how it just has a logical flow. Production beat tapes are essentially nothing new, but for the most part they are kind of all over the place or the best work from that perspective artist. However, with Flako everything on the album is great literally, and the way he set up the tracks, the momentum just builds making it even greater taking listeners on an interesting journey through beat land.