Beatsmith Ramble John Krohn AKA RJD2 has so many unrealized psychedelic beats stored in that brilliant dome of his, that the world’s collective consciousness would suffer some sort of brain-frying meltdown if he were to release them all at once. Luckily, he’s chosen to put them out in relatively slow succession, thus saving us all from kissing our brains goodbye by ‘kissing the sky’, as Jimi Hendrix put it.
A track like ‘Iced lightning’ encapsulates everything that’s so striking about RJD2’s music: manic, windswept prog-synths, organic drums and what sounds like an organ player trying to play his way out of a K-hole. It’s pretty far from run of the mill hip hop. Then again, RJD2 is not your standard producer. He’s been kicking out the mind-bending jams on labels like Definitive Jux for the better part of a decade, which has, among other things, led to attention from the producers behind the show Mad Men who wanted to use the eerily beautiful ‘A Beautiful Mine’ as intro.