Doctor Bionic – Sacrifice (LP) [Chiefdom/Colemine Records CDR42022LP]
For Fans Of… El Michels Affair, Adrian Younge, Roy Ayers, Karriem Riggins, The Roots, Khruangbin.
Producer “Grimez” has been making music for 20 years deep. Grimez has ghost-produced tracks for 50 cent, HiTek, Kool Keith, Stick Man (DEAD PREZ), Killah Priest, Sadat X, MOOD & Talib Kweli, and Mighty Diamonds to name a few. Gritty & raw analog instrumentals deep, hard-hitting soul jazz meets dub instrumental analog grooves for your psyche. In few words, Doctor Bionic can be described as instrumental B-movie psych-hop. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
Doctor Bionic is the brainchild of Cincinnati’s Jason Grimes, formerly the producer of the hip-hop group MOOD (with emcees Main Flow & Donte). Having grown up in the Scribble Jam scene here in Cincy, and running in circles that included artists like Hi-Tek & Talib Kweli, Grimes’ music has continued to evolve from sample-based loops, to live instrumentation with deep layering; provided by a revolving door of local musicians.
The common thread in most Doctor Bionic tracks are the neck-snapping drum breaks, but the tempo adjustments and varying instrumentation lends itself to a collection of non-genre specific songs held together in unity by the flawless drums, often provided by Josiah Wolf (of indie-rock band Why?). The result of these recording sessions is a masterclass in musical juxtaposition. Spacious yet clustered. Futuristic nostalgia. Ideal for long car rides or setting the vibe during a laid-back gathering of friends.