Yesterdays Universe: Prepare For A New Yesterday (Volume 1)
Released: Jul 2007
Label: Stones Throw Records
Madlib rarely records under the same name twice and here he takes this schizophrenic approach to a new level, dividing himself into 15 jazz acts (each with their own style) for a set that is as scattered and brilliant as the man himself. The album moves from the smooth West Coast cool of "Umoja (Unity)" to the free jazz, Sun Ra-inspired freak-out of "Slave Riot," and eventually lands in Axelrod's backyard for the dramatic "Cold Nights and Rainy Days." Guest spots from Azymuth drummer Mamao and frequent Dilla collaborator Karriem Riggins ensure the integrity of the groove.