Built for the most part on laptop, Adventures in Lo-Fi's 22 beds marry the rich with the raw, using contributions from some of underground hip-hop's most soulful, distinctive voices, many hailing from Britt's native Philadelphia. On the surface, vocalists -- Rich Medina as narrator; MCs including Bahamadia, Capitol A, Quasimoto, Dice Raw, Cherrywine (Digable's Butterfly), Grand; singers including Ivana Santilli, Lady Alma -- contribute facets to the lyrical concept, which is one of alien-ation and re-identification through street culture inspired by John Sayles' film Brother From Another Planet.
Under the flow, however, the tracks are no less fluid. Britt imbues all with the same dusky/dusty groove and abstract shard shudders of his unabashedly eclectic DJ sets. Keyboard textures make a soft lap for boom-bap. Britt's Adventures are far from lo-fi and always highest quality.
King Britt spins at MJQ Concourse Fri., May 23.