Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf – The Other Side: Los Angeles (Deaf, Dumb and Blind Records)

This is the fifth installment of Time Out’s Other Side CD/DVD series, where an artist is invited to put together an mix-CD that represents their city and a video tour of some of their favorite local spots. The focus is on Los Angeles, with Madlib doing the musical honors while Stones Throw main-man Peanut Butter Wolf plays tour-guide on the DVD. The CD mixes tracks that fit perfectly with the Madlib/Stones Throw aesthetic: funk rarities, smoked-out reggae from lesser-known artists like Prince Jazzbo and Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, eccentric jazz numbers, hip-hop and a few of Madlib’s own creations. I’m not so sure what some of these tracks have to do with Los Angeles (Sun Ra’s “Nuclear War” for example), but that’s OK because they’re all interesting and ‘lib seamlessly blends the intros and outros. If nothing else, the wigged-out vibe is a testament to the quality of West Coast pot. The DVD is less vital, with Peanut Butter Wolf leading a tour of some of his favorite LA places – restaurants, clubs, stores…etc. If you’ve ever longed for the day when you could watch Peanut Butter Wolf shop for sneakers, that day has finally come! Otherwise, not much to see here. It isn’t an entire loss for music fans though – Wolf talks about the history of Stones Throw and there’s videos from some of the label’s artists.
1. The Lightmen Plus One – Energy Control Center
2. Cybertron – Clear
3. Kat – Game Over
4. Steve Grossman – Inmate Man
5. Prince Jazzbo – Blood Dunza
6. Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War
7. Quasimoto – Greenery
8. Outlaw Blues Band – Deep Gully
9. Madlib – Infinity (*exclusive track*)
10. Leeroy “Horsemouth” Wallace – Herb Vendor
11. Rhythm Machine – Freakish Love
12. Mark Murphy – Sly
13. Harris & Orr – Spread Love
14. MED feat. Poke – What I Do
15. Beat Konducta – Smog Theme
16. Jaylib – Survival Test
17. Freestyle Fellowship – Park Bench People