Various Artists – Stones Throw Records, Chrome Children Vol. 2

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

More Stones Throw? Like you can get enough. The second Chrome Children compilation is another embarrassment of riches for fans of the label's throwback hip-hop and soul projects, with a strong emphasis once again placed on the showcasing of all of Stones Throw's many assets. That's why you'll hear the 1979 blue-eyed soul of Clifford Nyren's “Keep Running Away” rubbing up against the latest jam from Aloe Blacc & Four Tet. Or the noted Detroit broken beat craftsman Dabrye's latest along with Gary Wilson's early ’70s bizarro funk. As always, the star is Madlib: “Chrome Dreams” and “Selah's Children” are both short and unsettling bleep fantasias, but Percee P comes close to the living legend when he steps up to the mic and speed raps his way over a sample of Turkey's first lady of funk, Selda, on “Reverse Part 2.”