While instrumental albums may not have the popularity they should in today's society, those that are in tune with the culture and can accept and realize the talent put into them appreciate the product. Artists such as Pete Rock and Marley Marl help start such a turn around with their albums, among others, in the Beat Generation Series. This series has brought a lot of awareness to instrumental albums and the aspect of production as well. Carrying the torch in some sense, Djinji Brown's debut album "Sirround Sound" utilizes this momentum and takes it to a completely different level. While not known to the majority of the Hip-Hop culture, Djinji Brown has paid his dues in the industry. However, Djinji brings his own style to the table that is unlike most in his field. He is a unique producer that doesn't possess the same ordinary traits as his other colleagues. Rich with culture and heritage, Djiniji's production takes on an aura of its own. It's quite masterful how Djinji can take his love for this culture of Hip-Hop and interweave it with his heritage. Rich with soul, "Sirround Sound" is like a slap in the face just when you thought you heard everything from Hip-Hop. You will be hard pressed to find an album more unique than this. And with his Seven Heads debut Djinji Brown showcases why he is one of the most talented and original producers you never heard of.
The average fan may not be able to appreciate what Djinji puts forth with "Sirround Sound", production, although enthusiasts with a love for good music will love it. The first aspect of "Sirround Sound" you notice is its vast array of styles and sounds. Djinji can produced a wide range of sounds from your average hard core track to the route he goes for most of the album, songs rich in African culture and sound. "Mojuba", "Brazilly" and "Chango's House" all portray this beautifully. Combinations of integrated drum patterns, soulful melodies, magnificent samples and a variety of other instrumentation blend together in perfection, casting a surreal feeling upon the listeners ears they can feel each tracks cultural feel as if they were in that culture or time period themselves.
Never sticking to one aspect, Djinji also puts forth some more up-tempo, club like songs that frantically take off right from the start. You have the cheerful sounds of "Abuelita's Dance" that bring a moderate bounce to your step. Then the frantic, energy filled songs such as "Apache's Revenge" and "Velocity" which seem to defy the limits of speed. At times you almost get the feeling that the sounds are going to burst through your speakers at the rate they are going.
While most of "Sirround Sound" is geared towards Djinji's unique sound, there are a couple of Hip Hop influenced tracks. "Uptempo Rockers Dub" and "Red Lights and Congac" are both nice instrumental pieces, while "Papa Marions' Fight" featuring Marion Brown, "Lifesavers" featuring Fila Brazillia" are both your more typical Emcee/Producer collaboration we are used to seeing. The finest of them all comes from the Seven Heads collaboration on "Enter The Sound" featuring Asheru and Blue Black. Playing both sides, Djinji is also a solid emcee, not to mention a great producer.
Unless you are a big named producer in the industry, instrumental albums are a hard way to get recognition. It's a shame that most Hip-Hop heads will overlook "Sirround Sound" and not fully grasp its worth. However, as a member of the Seven Heads roster, Djinji has managed to gather up some hype due to the record company's roster, which is going to be real big in the future, trust me. "Sirround Sound" may not be the pure Hip-Hop record fans are looking for, it still manages to be a showcase for originality and a pure love for the culture. You better get familiar with Djinji Brown now because it's a name you are going to be hearing in the future, guaranteed.