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Coming out with one of the most anticipated and long-awaited albums so far on Brainfeeder is Samiyam aka Sam Baker. “Sam Baker’s Debut Album” is 40 minutes of pure listening pleasure, a series of woozy, off-centre hip hop instrumentals drawing heavily on Baker’s love of electronic funk but never in hock to it. Intensely detailed and carrying considerable emotional weight, this is not “Rap Beats Volume 2” but an album of fully-realised pieces of music which stand on their own without the need for an MC’s intervention.
Ann Arbor native, Samiyam (born Sam Baker) moved to Los Angeles in 2006. In his short time out West, he has become one of the city’s most progressive and recognized producers, a man who has spearheaded the revival of interest in instrumental hip-hop music over the last few years. Baker’s “Rap Beats Vol.1” collection was the very first release on Brainfeeder. He has also collaborated with old friend Flying Lotus as Flyamsam as well as having releases on Hyperdub and Poo-Bah records.
Samiyam describes the work contained in his “Debut album” simply as, “my favourite stuff” – and what could be better than that?
"@dadcorecac can't rememeber. search the internet for songs that use the word "love" or play it to your uncle and see if he recognizes it."Mon Sep 28 19:30:20 2015
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"@evidence i'm walking to the butcher shop for a couple steaks to cook on the ASR"Mon Sep 21 17:47:30 2015
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