Ambient hip-hop? Cosmic rap? Urban Space-groove? It’s easy, not to mention fun to make up new music genres but truly original music requires you to do that and Blue Skies comes from a truly original place. Okay, you can pick at the sonic weaves and find urban threads, trippy electronica, ambient vibes and late night haze but as always it is how these are put together that counts and $odaman has found a new angle on blending all of these disparate sounds.
$odaman may prove to be the master of deconstruction but the main thing that makes you stand out from the pack is how you put all those musical building blocks back together and the musical glue here is a lack of urgency, a steady flow and a chilled vibe. It is the atmosphere, the gap between the beat, the things which aren’t played and the pause between the lyrics which make it all so effective. Many musicians, especially in the normally bombastic world of rap and hip-hop, believe the most effective form of communication is to get up front and in the listeners face… or at least in their ears Blue Skies shows that less is most definitely more and that absorbing music by some sort of creative osmosis is equally…no, make that much more, effective.