Do You Know the Word
Basic delivered an album in which the chronological flow of the tracks is of a great importance. It narrates the period after a stormy episode in which personal relations took up most of his energy. 'Do you know a word that means both look at me and leave me alone' - this sentence, from an album liner notes by saxophonist Masayoshi Urabe, formed the leading thread running through the process of producing his debut CD. In his own words, the music on his album is about the ambiguous emotions that occur with extreme, unhealthy love for another person. In musical terms, he approaches this with a trunk-thick groove as the basis. His partiality to Eastern atmospheres and themes complements his characteristic sound. Basic's style is defined by moody, compelling beats that are driven by a bouncy hiphop force. As a producer operating within this framework, he is aware not to step in the pitfall of tediousness. Basic has a clever and deceptive way of extending the groovy sub layers of his style towards heavily detailed, deep and organic music. The variation between the tracks on his album is the key that keeps his listeners occupied. The elaborate, elusive eloquence of Do you know the word reveals itself more after each turn in your stereo set. In his live performances, Basic is renown for his hypnotically grooving sets, which instantly get the audience moving.