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Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Year’s Best: Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs Of 2012

Okayplayer top 12 albums of 2012

Georgia Anne Muldrow Seeds

4.  Georgia Anne Muldrow – Seeds
One has to wonder at the cultural staying power of the 1970s, considering that some of the best music of 2012 is still exploring pathways opened up during the decade of cosmic consciousness. Case in point, Georgia Anne Muldrow‘s collaborative project with MadlibSeeds. Of course, in many ways this album could also be considered hip-hop at its purest. But the (re)combination of Madlib’s ear for the dustiest soul grooves and thumpingest drums with GAM’s blown-out vocal stylings–uniting under a homegrown and universally-minded ethos that is at least 10 years older than either of them–feels more like a new form of concentrated, corn syrup-free supersoul. There are the overt blaxploitation references of “The Birth Of Petey Wheatstraw” and the kodachrome look of the video for “Seeds,” which accentuates the feeling that the tracks on Seeds are outtakes from an unseen film shot sometime between Sun Ra‘s Space Is The Place and Sweet Sweetback’s Baadaaass Song. But this unique project feels less like G.A.M. & Lib were self-consciously playing retro and more like they used 21st century genetics to revive superseeds cryogenically-preserved from the afro-era to bloom again and repopulate the musical landscape.

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