Sometime Ago is a beautiful and audacious project from the gifted beatsmith Tajima Hal. Undoubtedly a favorite of mine in my personal collection. The self proclaimed experimental album delivers a definitively great project. Your perception of an experimental album may vary and is subjective to personal taste. Often the word experimental is synonymous with words such as abstract or disorientated but Tajima Hal manages to put together an album not just working on theory but great observation and stellar technical execution.
Throughout the duration of the album you'll find everything you typically see in a great producer, smooth melodic instrumentals, great samples and the always appreciated boom bap sound. On songs such as “Bloom” you're greeted with eloquent stringed instruments followed by nice keys on “Passed it/Schonen bend”. On “Downstairs” you have a prominent harp and echoing claps in the background. Tajima Hal vision is clear on this candid album. A dominant feature on the album are the profound instruments, from the spanish guitar on “Gone” to the distinct keys on “Downstairs”. Each song tells a different narrative from the heartbreak of “Gone” to the euphoria of “Ecstacy” to the majestic sound of “Someone Else”. Its great to have technicians such as Tajima Hal making music for they elevate the artistry of beat making.
Standout Tracks: "Satellite", "Downstairs", "Someone Else"