Hip-Hop Artist from South London, Whodiniz, has released his premier full-length album titled, “Beats from Beyond.” The long-playing record is a compilation of various material composed and engineered by Whodiniz himself. The beats are rock-solid, created with digital samples of live percussion that sport a warm, natural feel and tone. Each track is different than the last. No two songs sound alike, except that each is crafted with a masterful precision that shows Whodiniz’s absolute control over his artistic medium. The record is classy, groovy, funky, and cutting-edge all at once. If it were ever said that hip-hop had no style, then Whodiniz would be the appropriate response.
In a world of repetitive R&B, hip-hop, and drum n’ bass, it may seem unlikely that Whodiniz should be so very capable of highly varied music with quality behind each track. His background, however, explains all, in terms of both instrumentation and sheer, musical taste.
Of his experimentation with sound Whodiniz says, “I tried lots of different DAW’s and hardware like the roland MV8800, Cubase, Abelton’s and NI’s Mashine. I got to a point where I was like, ‘damn, that sounds bangin,’ so i started working with MC’s, trying to add another dimention to my beats. I even spat over a few myself.” With his hardware and musical collaborators dialed-in, Whodiniz needs only the inspiration. Of inspiration, he has no lack.
Whodiniz sites as influences (among many, many others) artists such as: MFdoom, Kanye, Gorillaz, Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, DJ Shadow, Dr. Dre, DJ Quick, Bob Marley, Outkast, Black Eyed Peas, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Maroon 5, Quincy Jones, Wyclef Jean, Miles Davis, and, as Whodiniz calls him, “Big Bad Barry White.” The list starts with DJs such as MFdoom and DJ Shadow, and ends with blues and jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Barry White. Any artist with credentials like that is bound to produce music any music fan is likely to enjoy. Of his influences Whodiniz only remarks, “There’s loads more, but these come to mind first.”
How else can we describe the record? Well, it truly is a mixture of hard-hitting basslines and smooth, soulful grooves. Whodiniz wants to take his listeners on a journey through his music. “‘Beats from Beyond’ is refreshing, uplifting, soulful, new, and original,” he says. “I hope you like it.”
Like it, Whodiniz? We love it.