Some works of art are best left untouched, others ask to be interacted with, developed, reworked, and fused with new ideas before eventually resembling an original art form of its own. Channelling such a mantra will be hip-hop ensemble The Abstract Orchestra, who’ll be reimagining Madvillain’s 2004 classic Madvillainy at XOYO London on Saturday 1st April.
Consisting of a big band, live hip-hop rhythm section and two female MCs, the Abstract Orchestra will bring the idiosyncratic creations of Madlib and MF Doom’s pièce de résistance to life for the first time in a live environment – no small feat for an orchestra which has already tackled the back catalogue of sample supremo J Dilla.
It’s widely know that Doom is your favourite rapper’s favourite rapper, so when coming together with one of the leading producers of the age in Madlib, unadulterated creativity was sure to unfold. Binding together staccato verses, chilling string sections and raw percussion with the precision of a volatile comic book villain, the original Madvillainy album has since taken pride of place as the estranged sibling in the family of flawless hip-hop records to emerge form the US.
Hip-hop fan or not, The Abstract Orchestra’s rendition of Madvillainy is one attraction not to be missed in the capital this April.
Photo courtesy of MF Doom