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ALBUM REVIEW

Byrdie

B.Y.R.D.I.E.

Released August 2004

Seattle emcee Byrdie released this 12″ back in 2004, along with his album N Flight. Boasting production from the legendary Vitamin D and Bean One, this sampling of what the album has to offer is head-nodding and infectious. the A-Side, “B.Y.R.D.I.E.”, with its minimal and angular beat gives Byrdie’s flow ample room to slither and wrap itself around the corners. The B-Side, “Scattin'”, is more of a high-energy club cut. Layers of horns, percussion, vocal samples, and synth lines jump around, with Byrdie shouting to be heard over the cacophony. Entertaining stuff from this Northwest stalwart. Besides album cuts, instrumentals and a cappellas are included as well. (This review originally appeared on the Bring That Beat Back blog and was written by Jack Devo.)

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