Although “rap-free” and “defjux-free”, his next record still has some of his old sound. Link


From The Third Hand
XL Recordings

(courtesy of pitchforkmedia)

“Well, it’s 2007, and… okay, Rjd2 hasn’t completely turned his back on hip-hop; some tracks on his upcoming XL debut (like “Beyond the Beyond”) still have crisp beats and retro-futuristic keyboards that connect the brighter, melodic tracks to his past work. “Get It” only reinforces that connection. Here, a quickstep beat layers nicely with little trilling whistles and precise electronic keyboard and organ flourishes. Rj knows exactly when to back off the instrumentation and let each sound work alone, before dropping the hip-hop… er, pop beat back in.”