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Wednesday, Jan 27 2016 | 07:32
Image: 1601903 Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is, simply put, one of the most perfect albums in the history of recorded
music regardless of genre. From the lyrical flow of Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, Imani and Fatlip to the
cover art by Fuct the project is the embodiment of excellence start to finish. Musically, the
foundation of this perfection is the production work of J-Swift. His use of jazz samples, phat beats
and live instrumentation had the ultimate effect of “creating their own sonic utopia”, as NME put it.
As such it’s more than fitting that Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde be released as an all
instrumental outing. Swift’s adventurous use of samples from jazz, R&B, funk, classic rock and
more melded with his personal additions of live instrumentation including piano, bass, and Fender
Rhodes along with drum arrangements from fellow producer JMD create a lush, jazzy soundscape
that works well as a stand alone recording.
Though the west coast’s predominant G-Funk sound of the time or the east coast’s conscious kings
De La Soul may have sold more records at the time, The Pharcyde and J-Swift’s work on Bizarre
Ride has stood the text of time and continues to resonate with fans new and old in a way that few
records have or ever will.

A1. Oh Shit
A2. 4 Better Or 4 Worse
A3. I’m That Type Of Nigga
A4. On The DL
B1. Officer
B2. Ya Mama
B3. Passin’ Me By
B4. Otha Fish
B5. Return Of The B-Boy Available from 19.02.2016
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