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What do you look for in an album when you’re looking to purchase one? Are you looking for something with a lot of variety, something to bump in your car or something that will make you think? No matter your taste, everyone has criteria they use when buying an album. With that, the question everyone asks before buying an album is: “Is this worth it?”
I recently had a chance to preview Xist Music‘s latest offering, Xist Music Presents…Move Vol. 1. I found 3 reasons that would make the answer to this question, a resounding yes.
Reason #1: The Track List
When I first saw the tracklist for this record my jaw dropped. Some of the biggest names in CHH came together on this record: Da’ T.R.U.T.H., The Ambassador, R-Swift, Sho Baraka, Derek Minor, Theory Hazit and Trip Lee. These features alone make giving the album a listen.
It wasn’t just the list of featuring artists that was so impressive; it was how those artists came together. You have songs like “All I need” that bring together Alex Faith, Sho Baraka, R-Swift and Xist co-founder Sean Simmonds. “Change” that had CHH legends Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and The Ambassador team up with hip hop vet MC Jin. This was a constant theme throughout the record. There were special collaborations that you’ll only hear on this record.
A tracklist this strong throughout an entire record is rare. And the stars didn’t disappoint. They all brought their talents together in a big way. They created something that kept me coming back for more.
Reason #2: The Variety in Sound
The wonderful thing about Move Vol. 1 is the variety in the sound. Usually compilation albums have a variety but it’s not usually this wide. There were your bass knockers with “Live It Up” and “Straight”, your slower more thoughtful tracks like “Missing Piece”, and even a smooth lyrical song in “Open Windows”. This record had something for every CHH fan.
The mixture of styles between the artists made this a very interesting record. These different styles were married with some very solid production. It allowed for a different sound on each track. All of those things together made Move Vol. 1 an easy listen. You can sit and listen to the entire record without skipping tracks. From start to finish this record was very enjoyable.
Reason #3: Xist Music
The third reason why you should buy this album is pretty simple; it’s the label itself, Xist Music. Xist has been doing some big things over the past year and a half. They signed two of CHH’s biggest names, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and The Ambassador, nabbed the UK free agent and potential superstar Jahaziel, and picked up underground monster Yaves the Street Pastor. They launched their second tour this summer (the Move Tour) and have already released several solid projects. Next is Move Vol.1.
This record is like the formal introduction to the label. You get an inside look at what they’re doing, and they’re building something really good. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and The Ambassador were back at the top of their games on this record. Jahaziel is a star just waiting to happen. Yaves the Street Pastor took advantage of the opportunity. Andale, Sean Simmonds and N.F. also gave very impressive performances. Xist has built a really solid roster and “Move Vol. 1” is a showcase of the talent they’ve accumulated.
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