DWIGHT SPITZ: COUNT BASS D Friday 13 January, 2012

Not getting the credit you deserve? Think yourself lucky that you aren’t Count Bass D.

Count Bass D. Heard of him? I suspect most of you will be saying “who?”. To be honest I don’t really know who he is either. I first encountered him on MF Doom’s ‘MM Food’ album, where he produced and rapped on ‘Potholderz’. I though he sounded interesting and a friend of Doom is a friend of me.

‘Dwight Spitz’ is the archetypal hidden gem. Most people that like hip hop won’t have even heard of it. If they listened to it, though, it would climb higher up their ‘favourite album’ list with each listen.

Count Bass D is a very talented producer and an equally skilled MC. There is more than a tinge of R&B (as was NOT as is) on this album but it certainly does not get in the way of this being a hip hop album. If you have been listening to hip hop since the mid 1980’s then this will probably remind you, at times, of that period just after swing when the line between R&B and Hip Hop started to blur.

There are 25 tracks on this album and most of the tracks are short. What this means is that the Count is working hard for your money. It must have taken quite some time to put together an album like this. I’m not for a moment saying this is on the same level as Dilla’s ‘Donuts’ but the workload must have been similar. There are very few songs on this album which get into a groove and just sit there. There’s a lot of work going on around the breaks.

Aside from being a technical success this album is a joy to listen to. At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it. Count Bass D is a talented guy who deserves a lot more recognition. Don’t believe me? Get Dwight Spitz into your life for a while and then you’ll probably agree with me.

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