In “From the Vaults”, we dust off a classic Ghostly release that’s particularly ripe for rediscovery, and feature it at a discounted price at The Ghostly Store. This week: Dabrye’s masterpiece of forward-thinking hip-hop, Two/Three.
Tadd Mullinix’s follow-up to the game-changing One/Three (2001) pushes the Dabrye sound forward by several light-years. As Dabrye, Mullinix harnessed the liquid, low-slung beats of instrumental hip-hop, the glitchy, dirt-smudged textures of abstract electronic music, and an indescribable X-factor that, for the purposes of this post, we’ll call “batshit experimentalism”, and squished them all into a thoroughly listenable, immensely influential full-length. Two/Three’s slate of top-shelf guests—from MF Doom to Beans to Waajeed to the immortal Jay Dee—doesn’t hurt its replay value, either.