I've always grooved happily to the Beastie Boys' instrumental offerings, like "Sabrosa" from Ill Communication, and I've waited anxiously for the hip-hop veterans' follow-up to 2004's To the 5 Burroughs. But even so, I'm not sure how I feel about the Boys making an all-instrumental album, which is what they've done with The Mix-Up, hitting stores today.
Everything I've heard off the album is pretty topnotch: funky and weird, full of creatively fused influences and slithery beats. I particularly like the album's opener, "B For My Name," with its eerie organ and sneaky xylophone or glockenspiel or whatever it is. But one reason I've always loved the Beastie Boys' instrumental numbers is that they provide such chill foils to the more hyper hip-hop numbers. That effect is lost when all the rhyme-less songs are lined up in a neat little row. Tell me what you think about the whole idea, and listen to "B For My Name" when you