12. Mellow (feat. Senna)
14. Cheeky (feat. Cee Major)
15. Grateful II
16. Hope (feat. Talib Kweli)
Pete Philly & Perquisite
'Mindstate' takes you on a journey where hip-hop, jazz and soul gently collide and collaborate in a breathtaking way. This album crosses boarders by ranging from 60's psychedelica to even classical music. While producer Perquisite drops his groovy beats on the one hand and on the other is playing the cello, MC/Vocalist Pete Philly is charmingly honest in telling his truth. Pete Philly & Perquisite have put together a very passionate and emotional record. The result is 'Mindstate', their debut album with guest appearances by Senna, Jesse van Ruller & Talib Kweli.
Pete Philly & Perquisite
Pete Philly & Perquisite are:
Pete Philly: vocals, vocal arrangements, songwriting.
Perquisite: musical composition & production, keys, cello.
Cover design: Two Things.
Photography: Coen ‘Oor’ Warmer.
A&R@Unexpected: Pieter Perquin.
A&R@Epitaph: Roger Dorresteijn.
All songs composed, recorded, mixed, arranged & mastered by Perquisite at the Roof.
Executive producers: Pete Philly & Perquisite for Unexpected Records.
Visit the Pete Philly & Perquisite website at www.ourmindstate.com.
© & (p) 2005 Unexpected Records.
Under exclusive license to Epitaph Europe. All rights reserved.
Pete Philly & Perquisite:
First of all we want to thank everyone who was involved in the musical creation of this album: Senna, Cee Major, Talib Kweli, Benjamin Herman, Jesse van Ruller, Joris Roelofs, Jos de Haas, Frank van Dok & DJ Sjam.
A special thanks goes out to: Bao-An (you’re the link!), Maarten@Adapt, everybody at Epitaph Europe, everybody at P-Vine, Rush-Hour crew, TwoThings, Gius & Steffen, CCCP.com, Rogier, Gerrie van der Zwaard, Paul van Melis, Centbieres, Mixin, Maffia, Bitterzoet, Jennifer Burbank and everyone we forgot.
Pete Philly: Mom, dad and pops thank you so much for your love and guidance, Tamara, Senna I love you, Mitch my brother I love you man, let’s build, Perquisite this has been awesome! You for coping with this album and supporting us, Maarten, My doubleA-peeps; Kid Crash, Fabian, Llewy, Burdel, Elected, Mr Zyztem, Zwazi, Ten, JP, Aik, UrbQ, Mo, Nino, Klaas, Tinus, Keen, Crit, Atilla, Gnoom, the rest of my PZ people, Revert, Nicotine, Gotcha, Trackaddicts, Relaz, The Sheer, Jagga Bite, Night Owl Projest, My Amsterdam People; Macy, O.boogie, Cinnaman, my Shade-peeps, Sugar and Vibes-peeps; Mr. Speak, Leroy and Supreme Cuisine, Urban Myth, Brie, Edmee, Jauke, Murth, Rob Chin @ Carhartt, Bitterzoet-peeps, Rushhour, 3voor12, Patta, Drie Keer Raden, Meikbar, Rednose, Omar Rey, Ira, Ayra, Gee, Wix, SP, Edzon, Flexican, K.C. the Funkaholic, Kees de Koning, Howard, Paul van Meelis,Tim Sinemon, Martjin, Flowers and Sho, My the Hague People; Emily, International School-peeps, Sanne, Jan Willem, Jimi, Nils, Jaap, also peace to Laif & Merc, Local artists doing their own thing; C-mon and Kypski, Nobody Beats the Drum, Arts the Beatdoctor, U-Gene, Nicolay, Djiggy Dje (probably the dopest cat we got over here, big up!), Fonc, Dex, Hux, Wud, DarinG, Clenn, GMJ, Raymzter, Kain Slim, Stress, Blax, TY, Opgezwolle, Skiggy, Turrie, Kees, Kas, all the other people who helped making this mindstate project tangible.
Perquisite: Shout-outs & thanks go to: Pete (it was and is a blessing to work with you; thanks for your open mind and creativity), Macarena ( I love you), Lowjis & Harmina, Moniek, Oma & all of my family, Coen “Oor’ Warmer, Bas Schmitz, Omar Rey, Jorik, Koen, Emma, Bao-An, Gius & Steffen, Saar, Elise, Mitch, O.Boogie, Brian, Edmee, Tamar, Jara, Bas R., David de B, Erik Courrier, Theo, Dunya, Rogier, Sara S., Zazie, Maarten, Brotherick, Joppo, Jugrn, Jop, Diederik, Keen, Cinnaman, Mr. Speaks, Supreme Cuisine, the Proov, S-Dub, David Kweksilber, Bart Suer, Saskia Laroo, Hans Dulfer, C-Mon & Kypski, Monsieur Dubois, State of Monc, U-Gene & Liquid Spirits, Kid Sublime, StevendePeven, Rednose Distrikt, Meikbar, Leroy, Colt, Lord Lefty, Kain Slim, Arts the Beatdoctor, Nizzle, Jay Mc Mahon, Jorrit, Juceisdenaam, Stress, Zuco 103, New Cool Collective, Nobody Beats the Drum, Flexican, Shogun, Jonas & Twann at Supercharger, Trackaddicts, Love Supreme, Terilekst, Opgezwolle, Wix, Extince, Gregor v. Offeren, Stevko Busche, Kees de Koning, Saul van Stapelen, Harry Heimacher, Pablo Valentino, Mooncircle, Project, Darius, Mixin, Urban Myth, Made in da Shade, Appelsap, Boemklatsch, Sugar & Vibbes, 3voor12, Lasal, Double H, Quantumlounge, theBoombap, Hiphopinjesmoel and anyone I forgot, you know who you are! For inspiration I’d like to think: A Tribe Called quest, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Kenny Rankin, JayDee & the Soulquarians, Premier, Neptunes, Shawn J Period, Timbaland, Common, Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, De La Soul, The Roots, Pharcyde, Blackalicious, Artifacts, Snoop, Nas, Mobb Deep, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Satie, Cesar Franck, Kodaly, Roger Kellaway, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrel, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Otis Redding, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach.
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US Rel. Date: 05/09/2006
EU Rel. Date: 04/18/2005
Pete Philly & Perquisite are not the two most well-known names in the hip-hop game. I mean, what are the odds? First off: They're from the Netherlands, a country that isn't exactly famous for its international hip-hop roots. That doesn't mean these roots are non-existent, on the contrary, but they just don't go a long way connecting overseas. Second: This is PP & P's debut album (indulge me for using this abbreviation) and although Pete Philly is a moderately famous name in the Dutch scene, Perquisite hasn't had time to build up a steady reputation for himself.
To start off this review: It is a good thing Perquisite decided to be a hip-hop producer. As a youngster,he started out playing the cello when he was eight, and got to know his way around several classical jazz instruments along the way. Combined with his love for dusty breaks and bass beats, Perquisite is possibly one of the most surprising hip-hop producers of the last couple of years.
If you're making an album about mind states, you have to be able to capture those emotions both lyrically and musically. Because Perquisite has mastered multiple instruments, he has an array of sounds at his disposal to create the right kind of vibe for a song. Right from the start, "Relieved" proves that the experiment of capturing emotions in stereo is a successful one. Combining the piano with a trumpet sample and an exciting uptempo drum beat implements the feeling of cheerful expectation. The next song "Insomnia" sounds muffled, laid back, almost absent-minded. Who wouldn't be after a couple of nights of sleeplessness?
That doesn't mean every single production is as successful as the previous examples. Some tracks are to bit too sugarcoated to my liking and except for "Paranoid" I missed out on PP & P's darker side of the soul. Not only are emotions like hate, anger or fear more extreme, but they can also generate exciting music. Organised Konfusion proved that wholeheartedly when they made "Equinox." Perhaps it isn't fair to compare PP & P to two of the most legendary underground MC's of the last decades. Without making that particular comparison, Pete Philly is not the very best MC I have ever heard, but he goes together with his partner in crime Perquisite like peanut butter and jelly. His rapid, irregular flow is unusual enough to set him apart from most MC's and his straight-to-the-point lyrics possess a charm of their own. The song "Lazy" showcases Pete Philly's qualities best when he describes a typical lazy summer afternoon:
"I remain lazydaisy, hazy, crazy
Staying in the bed until an hour or three
Got some appointments but got them all cancelled
Now I got the situation handled
Man I will get up and hurry shit up
But not until I roll over bout three times
Get out of bed and take my caffeine, protein
Then I slide through the double A scene
Like sunshine pretty women won't decline
When invited for a glass of wine
The time is about sixish
Ready for a hot dish
Barbecue potstue or hot dish"
PP & P first project, the Mindstate EP, which was a taste of the following album, has been quite successful in Japan. That isn't exactly a graduated scale for definite success, as a European passer-by with a baseball cap that read "I am a legend in Japan" proves in a hilarious way. But the Japanese have an insatiable hunger for new talent, and a lot of 'Japan Only' releases have turned out to be desirable objects in the rest of the world.
Apparently, not just the Japanese were pleasantly surprised by the Dutch two-some. After some consideration, underground veteran Talib Kweli decided to hit a London studio together with PP & P during his European our to make the elegant composition "Hope." After recording, Kweli called his temporary colleagues "musically light-years ahead of the game." Even with Kweli's compliments, it's possible Pete Philly & Perquisite will stay "Legends in Japan" until hell freezes over, but I do believe they deserve more than that. The combination of live instruments and intricate wordplay has the potential to go a long way indeed.
Soulful, ambitious, thought provoking and brimming with musicality, ’Mindstate’ is the fruit of 18 months worth of labour by MC Pete Philly and producer Perquisite, two of The Netherlands’ most talented hip-hop ingénues.
Absolute niceness, something new and refreshing !
All in all, "Mindstate" is jazz-rap at it’s finest.
If skills actually sold the music, Pete Philly & Perquisite would be one of the most successful commercial group in hip hop. But since Clear Channel runs the industry, I guess They’ll have to settle for being one of the most critically acclaimed group in hip-hop.
Not that I’m complaining. Anybody who knows good hip-hop, knows that all the good stuff is underground.
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