Best known as one half of the Brooklyn-based production duo, The Stuyvesants, Allan Cole has worked alongside partner Darien Birks and a handful of other collaborators to amass an impressive catalog of releases. He has earned a cult following as one of the minds behind a trove of lush instrumentals and is respected as a producer’s producer. The Stuyvesants’ sound, while nostalgic, is also evergreen. It would seem strange, then, that Cole has taken the occasion of his solo debut to deviate completely. Sound Affects, Vol. 1 is an outing that feels overdue.
True to the chameleonic nature of hip-hop culture, Cole switched his style up with a complete overhaul of the creative process that included supplementing samples with live instruments. The calculated risk he took in crafting this release has produced what might be his most adventurous work to date. Moreover, the freedom Allan Cole found in becoming Allmos may have created an entirely new monster behind the boards. Allmos drops the science behind Sound Affects, Vol. 1 and hints at what’s to come.