Sound Ancestors


Sound Ancestors is Madlib's new solo album, which is edited, arranged and mastered by Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet). We have it on Black & White A-Side/B-Side vinyl.

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Exclusive Features

color Black & White A-Side/B-Side
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes

Other Features

exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket type Single
label Madlib Invazion
mastering engineer Bernie Grundman
mastering studio Bernie Grundman Mastering
pressing location GZ Vinyl
release type New Release

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Kieran Hebden, the electronic producer best known by his stage name Four Tet, was listening to his friend Madlib's music and had the idea to arrange it into a solo album, meant to be listened to as a cohesive, full-album experience.

Hebden explained: "[Madlib] is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album. Not made into beats for vocalists to use but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish. I put this concept to him when we were hanging out eating some nice food one day and we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision."

Madlib has appeared on numerous VMP exclusives, and the second album from his alter ego Quasimoto, The Further Adventures of Lord Quas, was VMP's Hip-Hop Record of the Month for February 2021.


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