As I’ve mentioned here previously, Samiyam is an old soul in a new terrain. Though he’s most often mentioned in conjunction with friend and label boss Flying Lotus and the rest of the L.A. beat scene, Sam is crafting a discography that can stand alone in 1998, 2011, and probably even 2025.
To die-hards Sam Baker’s Album (surely a play on the generic name that Apple’s Garage Band gives audio projects done on the program) is a long time coming Due out June 28,. Sam’s official Brainfeeder debut LP will not disappoint. It’s fitting that the album starts with a loop that could have been just as at home on a Mobb Deep album from the mid-to-late 90s. The record does a great job at marrying Sam’s influences: apocalyptic bass and synth lines, quirky samples, an affinity for melody, and non-conventional chord progressions.
Since there is not as much of a distance in the music from the beginning to the end of tracks like say a Lotus track, some might complain the music would be optimized with some sort of vocalists. That time will come as young Sam definitely wants to go from making rap beats to making rap songs, but for now Sam Baker’s Album is a perfect way to mollywhop the part of the public that seems to have not noticed this bastard love child of marijuana, Large Professor, and Raymond Scott.