Mandrill are a Brooklyn-based soul and funk band which formed in Brooklyn, New York in 1968. The group consists of three brothers – Carlos Wilson (trombone, vocals), Lou Wilson (1941-2013) (trumpet, vocals), and Ric Wilson (sax, vocals). Together they have experimented with different genres and styles, but their signature soulful and funky style is easily distinguishable and has become iconic over the years. Albums such as their self-titled debut album Mandrill (1970) and their sophomore release Mandrill Is (1971) have been critically acclaimed albums which have stood the test of time, with many producers sampling their music throughout the years including the likes of DJ Shadow, 9th Wonder, Kanye West and of course, Madlib.
Mandrilland (1974) is another musically diverse album within their rich discography, incorporating elements of Latin, African and Caribbean grooves, as well as an emphasis on psychedelic rock vibes and soulful melodies. Off Mandrilland, their fifth studio album, the Beat Konducta sampled the smooth, slow-paced acid-jazz and soul track “Khidja” for Quasimoto’s 2000 classic album The Unseen, more specifically the track “Green Power.” On it, Madlib uses the subtle bass notes at 0:52 seconds, speeds the tempo up, changes the tone of the sample, add’s his hard-hitting drums and incorporates spoken-word samples throughout. Quasimoto’s quirky rhymes gives this track a whole lot of character, and showcases Madlib’s incredible versatility as both a producer and emcee. Mandrill’s “Khidja” explodes into pure blissful jazz vibes, with energetic basslines, gorgeous keys and an infectious beat. Madlib as Quasimoto channels that with “Green Power” effortlessly.
Listen to Mandrill’s “Khidja” below, off their fifth studio album Mandrilland released in 1974 on Polydor Records.
Listen to Quasimoto’s “Green Power” below, released on his 2000 classic album The Unseen, released on Stones Throw Records.
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