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A Walk In the Park

by Muneshine

Luckily for those interested in a real approach to music there are still artists who put quality before quantity.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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2. Keep Keeping On
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3. Intergalactic
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4. Interlude One
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5. Love Is Love
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6. Worldwide
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7. A Walk in the Park
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8. Interlude Two
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9. Bon Jour
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10. Four Seasons
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11. You Have To
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12. Interlude Three
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13. Humble Pie
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14. Emerald Bracelet
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15. To The Beat
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16. So Be It f/ Raks One and Realson
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hip Hop is not dead, it"s just hard to find. Luckily for those interested in a real approach to music there are still artists who put quality before quantity. First discovered for his production work on Lightheaded"s "Pure Thoughts" LP, Muneshine has successfully built a strong following domestically and overseas. Known both for his production and emceeing, he has collaborated with artists such as: Pete Rock, Lord Finesse, DJ Spinna, Little Brother, Punchline & Wordsworth, Louis Logic, Grap Luva and many more.

With a long list of production and remix credits, Muneshine has now returned with an elaborate collection of Hip Hop instrumentals. Focusing mostly on jazz, soul and funk influences, "A Walk In The Park" is an album reminiscent of BBE"s early "Beat Generation" series. If classic composition and spectacular sample selection are essential to your listening experience, Muneshine"s "A Walk In The Park" is for you.

Production Discography:

2006
Lightheaded "Wrong Way" - "Wrong Way" - Tres Records
Anime feat. Punchline & Wordsworth "Can't Ignore It" - Independent 12'' Release
Anime "Struggler's Hustle" - Independent 12'' Release
Dminor "You Gotta Leave (Remix)" - "Supreme Sampler EP"
Dminor feat. Louis Logic "Watching You (Remix)" - "Supreme Sampler EP"
Bonafide "Keep On (Remix)" - "Overdue" - Blacksteel Records / Universal Records

2005
Raks One "Man Come On (Remix)" - "For Good" Handcuts / Universal Records (Japan)
Raks One "Earthbound" - "For Good" Handcuts / Universal Records (Japan)
Tonedeff feat. Deacon the Villian "Hypocrites (Remix)" - "QN5 Remix Vol.1" QN5 Music
Collective Efforts "Another Soulful Song (Remix)" - "Collective Efforts" - Handcuts / Universal Records (Japan)
Can-U "Push Weight" - "A Stepping Stone" - Independent
Supastition "Right Here" - "Right Here" (12'') Uncut Records
Supastition "Soul Searching (Remix)" - "Unreleased Remixes" - Soulspazm Records
Garion "Promising Place" - "Garion" - Tyle Music (Korea)
Epic "Briefcase a Weapon" - "Local Only" - Clothes Horse Records
Othello "Rock Rock Cmon" - "Elevator Music" - Hip Hop Is Music

2004
Kenn Starr "Walk the Walk (Remix)" - "You Dont Know the Half" - Halftooth Records
Kaboose "Memories" - "Innersection" - Fly Away Records
Kaboose feat. Sev Statik "Can't Call It" - "Innersection" Fly Away Records
Lightheaded "Right Now" - "Stealth Magazine Exclusive CD" - Stealth Magazine (Australia)
Phocus "A Vision and a Plan" - Handcuts / Universal Records (Japan)

2003
Lightheaded "Pure Thoughts" - Day by Day Entertainment / Hip Hop Is Music
MF Grimm "Teach the Babies" - "MF Grimm / MF Doom Remixes" - Day by Day Entertainment
Chazz Rokk "What It's All About" - "Landed On Us" - Independent
Johnny Five "Whats a Rep" - "Summer" - Basement Records
Lord Cyrus "Animal Magnetism" - "Diamonds" Independent


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Jaz


This album is different than what I expected but not in a bad way. Muneshine takes cues from Pete Rock's solo intrumental albums and creates his own jazzy style laid back music. If you dig stuff on the BBE label, you will love this.

IMPULSS

INCREDIBLE...
MUNESHINE IS KILLIN' IT WITH THE BEATS...NEVER SHORT OF PURE EXCELLENCE...I LOVE THAT THIRD TRACK LIKE MY WIFE GAVE BIRTH TO IT...

Platform8470


To describe listening to Muneshine’s music as a walk in the park is an underestimation of his work whatsoever but if referring to the lushness and relaxing effect of the jazzed-out arrangements and vibes that ornament this Canadian’s production then there’s a point in it at all.

Muneshine’s remarkable skills first came to the listener’s attention on Lightheaded’s 'Pure Thoughts' and Louis Logic fans will recall him from the latter’s 'Blame It On The Hooch' album, where the Canadian produced a track called 'Watching You RMX'. This album is a collection of never released before beats of which the soul but mostly the jazz drips off. 16 Lovely productions of which only the last one 'So Be It' holds vocals by Phocus colleague Raks One and Realson. Not that Muneshine’s beats actually need vocals because they pretty much tell a tale of their own and could well fit as a soundtrack to some indie film, but for a hip-hop fan it’s always nice to hear some raps even when instrumental albums have become a current standard in underground hip-hop.

While jazz is the main ingredient, there’s also bits of soul (a Donny Hathaway sample in 'Love Is Love'), a chump of disco ('Worldwide') and lots of funk that mingles with the jazz in some kind of Bob James-atmospheric way (especially with the flutes and saxes added).

I hear you coming, dear reader, but whether this reaches a Jay Dee or Madlib level is not really the question here, despite the many influences and the high standard of this collection, Muneshine’s more precocious as he dares not to experiment as much as the mentioned master-producers, rather call him a student at the top of his class, graduating in a year or two with some smashing album that will outclass this already phenomenal instrumental debut. Muneshine is the next best thing.

Rapreviews


Like it is with most hip-hop fans, the production usually hits me before the lyrics do. The music is a canvas for the emcee to do with what he pleases, but if he isn't careful, his raps can severely hinder the potential of even the greatest of beats. As I've recently mentioned, there has been no shortage of good beats in 2007. In fact, the year has essentially been governed by the producer, not only due to a lack of lyrical LP's, but the sheer fact that the beat makers seem to be on their A-game.

Muneshine, a Toronto-based producer who has worked with names like Sean Price and Little Brother, doesn't provide himself with lyrical obstacles on "A Walk in the Park," an album full of hard hitting, soulful instrumentals. Partly modeled after early BBE Beat Generation albums, a series that has featured the works of some of hip-hop's greatest producers, "A Walk in the Park" is aptly titled. Joggers who rock the iPod for their morning run need look no further, as it's truly ideal. And yes, this means Aesop Rock's Nike shit will be taking a backseat.

Sixteen tracks deep and at 55:57, the listen is smooth almost throughout, flowing cohesively due to extremely consistent sampling. Muneshine likes his beats to bang, and they certainly do. With a style that could be compared to the likes of 9th Wonder and Pete Rock (whom he has indeed collaborated with), he has a mellow approach to his music, using bass to make his tracks even more melodic. "Intergalactic" is gorgeous, building up with an appropriate, spacey sample and knocking hard. "Worldwide" shivers with a disco vibe, and "Bon Jour" is an absolute banger, riding a great French sample.

Muneshine does a good job in flipping Donny Hathaway on "Love is Love," and the intertwining flute and acoustic guitar of the title track soothes as much as it induces an infectious head nod. "Four Seasons" doesn't quite do justice to the four-part Vivaldi suite (it isn't an adaptation), but it's a hell of a hip-hop version. Three short (and particularly nice) "interludes" help break up the album, and emcees Raks One and Realson make for the only vocals on the entire album, tearing up the closing "So Be It."

The only scolding Muneshine might deserve is over his refusal to venture outside his comfort zone. Cool 70's soul-jazz and straight loops dominate the album, and while he rocks it well, it's all he really rocks. That said, you can commend him for his ear, although some of the drum loops he samples (only on a couple tracks) are immediately recognizable from other songs. Ironically, Muneshine's upcoming album "Status Symbol" features only his raps, not his beats. That's unfortunate.

Diction

dope
One of Canada's finest producers finally drops an album that is available in his home country. I'm saying that because his first solo album and also his collaboration album with Raks One have only been released in Japan. This one is a little diferent than his debut which was him rapping, this one is straight up instrumental. The whole album has a very chill vibe, just the type of album that you relax to on a sunday afternoon or after a hard day at work. It's some smooth shit but it definitely ain't soft... Every song is well produced and slowly evolves, it ain't just simple loops to rap to. This his being released on the MumblesHipHop label which just might become THE underground hip hop label for Canada. I'd recommend this album to all fans of DJ Krush, this is some really interesting music that shouldn't flow under the radar like that.

Shane

hotness
CD is amazingly fresh. I love all the instrumentals on this. 5 Stars!

Jacques

magnifique
C'est un excellent producer canadien... c'est le genre d'album instrumental qui s'écoute d'un bout à l'autre tellement les beats sont bons.