by: Sean Boy
DJ Greyboy, by birth, Andreas Stevens, on his first full-length in five years, leaves the jazz records in the crate and gets all eclectic, completely busting up any notion of genre and in the process creates a California-made masterpiece.
‘Mastered the Art’ reference points range from Italian film scores to Marrakesh moods, Starsky & Hutch chase funk to Space-Age kitsch. Greyboy pulls all these flavors in from obscure easy listening and instrumental records along with indispensable live instrumentation from Elgin Park (sitar, 12 string guitar, and yukelele just a taste of his tools) and CuBop vibraphonist Dave Pike. Rhymes by Main Flow puncture the album in all the right places. Of course Greyboy offers up his beefy, bedroom beats and screetchy scratches as cohesion to the random grooves. And if there were any questions about Greyboy's production abilities, and there weren't, this album proves him to be a master of that art as well.
Quick picks: the title track, "Instantly," "Ghetto Boogie," and the downtempo "Bath Music."
‘Mastered the Art’ is the soundtrack to this unusually cool, post-everything, Southern California millennial summer. Here's hoping Greyboy's next album isn't another half-decade away.