Album Notes - Ol' Burger Beats & Vuyo - Dialogue.
A Norwegian DJ and a Zimbabwean MC whose musical narratives are proffered by combining multiple Seinfeld references with voicemails from the rapper's sister that shed deeper insight into the family dynamics of their anti-apartheid activist father struggling to understand his children's artistic desires? By now you're probably sick of this hackneyed trope appearing in Album Notes, but I felt obligated to write about one more. Dialogue. had me hooked from the get-go.
Ol' Burger Beats & Vuyo, the Nordic DJ and the African-born MC, team up for a laid-back affair on which the former provides the jazz-infused backdrop for the measured flow of the latter. The resulting 46-minute LP induces a state of calm as it stokes contemplation, all the while being both atypical and familiar. Listeners will recognize beats, flows, voices, quotes in both samples and lyrics, but it's Vuyo's perspective that distances Dialogue. from other albums of its ilk. And yet, nothing sums it up better than his homage of a rhetorical call and response opening "Mahershala Ali." Listen for yourself, but I know my answer: Yeah, you know me.