Digable Planets
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick USER (4 Reviews)
June 16th, 2012 | 66 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A great hip hop album that starts "Digable Planets" discography off well.

Digable planets are a hip hop group from Brooklyn, New York who boast a heavy soul and funk influence that comes out in there heavy soul sampling and funk based grooves.
There debut album “Reachin” is a fine example of this style of hip hop and to me is one of the best. Of course we cant forget groups such as “ A Tribe Called Quest” or “ De La Soul” who have a similar sound but this is still a very important release.

“Digable planets” take a very funk based approach to hip hop and they do it well. Most of these tracks have fantastic grooves and some super catchy hooks. But there is more to this album then good grooves. These tracks have some awesome momentum even though they have a really lax, chilled out atmosphere, and the production is very on point and in sync with the energy this album has. And “energy” is a choice word when describing this album to someone who has not heard this Lp. The Lyrics have a very “straight forward thinking” esthetic, but at the same time a lot of these lyrics are all about just…grooving and letting the music’s funk take over your body and soul…and that’s pretty great seeing as how these beats do just that. Digable planets were never about a heavy message or some sort of theme. It is really about the music and the over all mood it puts you in. That being said, the rapping is still fantastic. The Three MC’s, Lady bug Mecca, Butterfly, and Doodle Bug have some really nice flow and they all have a distinct sound to there voice and there own unique sounding inflection, so it never really gets stale. Each of these MC’s all take turns rapping over these beats with some really smooth, warm group vocals for a lot of the hooks on here and there’s just a lot of interplay between these guys as they take turns spitting verses. The rapping takes on a really soulful, lax, somewhat effortless quality to them and they fit right in with the funk based beats.

The production is ultimately what won me over on this record. There is a lot of soul samples on here, so there are a lot of instruments, sounds and textures flying in and out of these tracks. The sampling is done with such taste and finesse however, nothing ever gets muddy or hazy. Every sound is clear and colorful and really rings out nicely. The horn samples have a really nice tone to them coming off as very warm and sometimes lucid but never lacking solidness or ever falling flat. Same can be said about the drums, very crisp and clean sometimes very bright as well. As far as effects go, this album is not drowning in them but it can sound a bit glossy as far as the vocals go, they are layered with a nice re-verb but I wouldn’t say there heavy handed with it. And that’s the thing about this record, its so tasteful and balanced, never under or overwhelming. It hits a perfect middle ground.

Every thing on this record is strong. The sounds are clear and textured, the rapping is on point and smooth and there is just a lot of great quotable lyrics on here if you really listen. And I did say that there aren’t any heavy messages on here but there are some lyrical themes on here that aren’t so fixed on “funkanauts” or “fat beats” like the track “ La Femme Fetal” witch speaks of a sad women who is being oppressed because she is a women and butterfly speaks of this story without being to preachy and that’s good. So whether its this records warm sounds, great rapping, or wonderfully produced beats that win you over you can rest assure that Digable Planets do all these things well, and there happy to be here.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

please leave me some feed back guys. Thanks

Havey
June 16th 2012


9690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is english your first language?

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

...ummm yea

a7c7e7
June 16th 2012


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good review, this album really needed one. there are some grammar errors and you should try to vary the sentence length a bit more, but good job nonetheless [:

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2012


50455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This finally has a review

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heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys. Am really trying to make sure its all grammatically correct. sometimes i just miss a lot of things.

KeithStone582
June 16th 2012


1480 Comments


good review. a few grammatical issues, but whatever.

WeepingBanana
June 16th 2012


10159 Comments


i love shabazz so i should probably check this out

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shabazz is killer! yea it is a lot different then this but still great. and thanks for all the positive feedback guys.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2012


15042 Comments


blowout combs the best

Havey
June 16th 2012


9690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No offense... I was just wondering, because there are tons of mistakes here.

Such as misuse of the word 'then':
"But there is more to this album then good grooves."
Comparative statement, so 'than' should've been used instead.

Moar proofreadin' pls.

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea I know am absolutely shit when it comes to grammar am working on it haha

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And what do you mean cool like dat isent on here? Or are you referring to Blowout combs?

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And no I can't it is not letting me edit for some reson trust me I would have allready


heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh haha ok then.

cvlts
June 16th 2012


8960 Comments


Didn't read but wow surprised this didnt have a review

Havey
June 16th 2012


9690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll still pos because this album is fucking classic

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh ok good. Thanks for letting me know

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If I keep writing reviews I want you guys to enjoy them so I really have to watch my grammar.

heartofchambers355
June 16th 2012


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea that also...I want to go to college for some sort of degree in writing haha ironically



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