24th August | Marble Factory
Few producers have commanded critical acclamation in the manner that Otis Jackson Jr has. The Oxnard born DJ and multi-instrumentalist has consistently delivered seamless beats and rhythms, working with some of the most acclaimed names in hip-hop under his sleek moniker, Madlib.
In the early 2000s, Jackson formed a working relationship with the late, legendary J Dilla, subsequently releasing Champion Sound. Soon after this, Madlib partnered with rapper MF DOOM to work on 2004’s Madvillany; a record hailed as one of the greatest in hip-hop history. Since then, Jackson has teamed up with artists such as Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and Kanye West, just to name a few. Most recently, however, it’s been Madlib’s projects with Freddie Gibbs, Piniata (2014) and Bandanna (2019), that have got people talking.
Visible both within his hip-hop beats and his solo material, Jackson is also no stranger to jazz. It’s unsurprising, therefore, to see pioneer of new-wave UK jazz, Kamaal Williams joining him at The Marble Factory. Williams is also a seasoned electronic producer – mixing under the tag Henry Wu. Further support comes from the genre-blending Heliocentrics; adept fusers of jazz, funk and psych. Yet to initially kick off the evening we can expect a set of groove-laced house and techno from Dutch DJ darling, Carista.
Much to the frustration of his following, Madlib shows don’t crop up so often, which only makes Saturday’s diverse, talent-oozing line up a real delicacy; certainly a show to savour.
See the video for ‘Crime Pays’ by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib here: