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MP3 Yoshi (Y. Misdaq) - Flowers & Trees

Psychedelic UK Hip-Hop from Brighton''s very own creative warrior by the sea, Yoshi. An uplifting album of Summertime Hip-Hop, peppered and spiked by insanely original production, think Talking Heads, Bjork, John Frusciante, Dizzy Rascal & Afghanistan.

14 MP3 Songs in this album (48:56) !
Related styles: HIP-HOP/RAP: Alternative Hip Hop, ELECTRONIC: Electronica

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Hip-Hop Connection
issue #191
[4 out of 5, album of the month]

Brighton-born Yoshi is a real one-man DIY operation, thankfully without ever compromising quality. The childlike wonder of ''Flowers & Trees'' proves infectious, and, like hay fever, it''s hard to get outta your head. Marrying DJ Shadow''s aural patchwork approach to Danger Mouse''s disregard for sample chiefing, Yoshi is patently enjoying complete freedom of sound. It marks him out as a UK prospect to keep tabs on, even if, on ''When U See The Future,'' he admits to being, "Shy like a 12-year old hiding his erection". Beautiful. (Adam Anonymous)


The Wire
issue #258

Brighton-based "beatnik rapper-producer'' Yoshi is of Afghan origin and makes opium scented, idyllic hip-hop that hankers for a new Daisy Age. Flowers & Trees is naive, infantile even, but unabashedly so. The opening track, ''Planting A Seed'' features a series of children discussing ecology issues, samples from gardening programmes and similarly themed soundbites. But it''s seguing of musical scenery and ecstatic bursts of citrus electric energy make it feel like some sort of acid, childhood flashback. Similarly, tracks like ''Dream'' are saved from lazy looping trip-hop tropery by their lateral sound leaps and abrupt left turns. Rapped sentiments like, "Love is the answer to American wars" may make some blanche, but Yoshi''s art, as well as his heart, is in the right place. (David Stubbs)

The Source
issue #83

Undoubtedly creative and colorfully experimental with his liberal and left-field sampling, abrupt disorienting shifts in musical style, and well-picked collaborations (Rahma Ali and The Pipettes contribute)... A very welcome breeze through the overtly self-conscious hip-hop scene.


Listener''s Comments

"listening to ur album has become a daily thing for me, like a daily dose of happiness, i think the nicest thing about the songs is that u can never really get bored of them or know them too well.. u should know that we play ur flowers and trees a lottt! at the [architects] office i mean, my colleagues loved ur work, one even called u a musical genius, and he doesn''t listen to anything other than philip glass and a set of refined pianists, the rest is all trash to him, so u should definitely feel flattered haha."
- Hiba, Amman, Jordan.

"the best thing is in ''when u see the future'' and those xylophone sticks kick in, that''s genius man, seriously. I didn''t see that coming at all, it made me laugh aloud the first few times I heard it, and a broad smile everytime now. And thats awesome, I mean I can think of plenty of records that get that headnod reaction, that get feet tapping or make me smile, you know, but I can''t remember the last time some music made me laugh like, just sheerly out of amusement ... Seriously though, the BEST thing is actually the inspiration you''ve given me. I''ve been feeling so much music recently, all kinds of ish and just really getting the urge to express myself in creative ways that I haven''t felt for a few years and that I thought wouldn''t come back. But when you say "I had a dream last night about a piece of art and I promised to myself that I''d make a start", it slapped me like a one hit cure for procrastination. Its become part of my mantra as I get up in the morning, because what''s the point of all these ideas, these revelations and crazy stuff rattling around my head if I''m not going to put it down some how, get it into the world and share it with people?"
- Nelson, Huddersfield, UK

" ''Like Harold Bishop from neighbours, I''m in this for life...'' ha ha! EXCELLENT... enjoyable from front to back. Impressive that you can rock the upbeat style as well as the serious (as found on the previous album). Honestly, it''s one of the very best things I''ve heard all year." - Owen, Glamorgan, UK

" ''touch me like a terrorist'' is one of the best lines i have heard in long time. y, in all seriousness, it is a tight jewel that i cherish dearly and it has uplifted beyond words."
- Ishaq, Canada


you did it again, musicman! sometimes you feel something so real you can''t even get dramatic about it. I''m impressed to no limit, this album''s like nothin ive heard. the sound is so different, so upbeat, great ensemble of samples and beats and voices...man, it''s like...its like the perfect detailing of an architect who designs a room in which every form of sunlight - high beam, low beam, direct, indirect - comin thru those windows is in some way always beautiful, always welcomed, and always meaningful.

the sampling is really, right on target, a message behind it always, sometimes its light hearted and great sounding and other times it gets deeper and you listen more closely at the slower sounds. my first thoughts as I listened to the first couple tracks were about the beats tho, such awesome sounds, and your voice, its much more experimental, you sound so happy, so full of life...it made me laugh at times, smile, and just THINK, you know? it''s such a good feel, so inspiring and uplifting.

you know what it was like listening to it the whole way through for the first time: it was like beautiful kids sitting around you talking to you at the same time cuz they want your attention so bad (not literally of course)...youre just bombarded by so much goodness and it just keeps getting better...like every time you listen to the album you notice something new and fresh, a small detail you never noticed before.

the album is an incredible one: positive, inclusive, full of reality and goodness, and not the empty-headed happiness that just floats away with no after effect, but the kind that makes you wanna change, to improve yourself..."
- Nadia, New Jersey, USA

"I fell asleep listening to "flowers and trees" last night and had the most interesting dream Ive had in a while so I thought you should know about it ... sooo ok I’m walking through this road covered in yellowy golden autumn leaves ... I reach this community of people that live near the ocean ... the place is abandoned ... some buildings are in complete ruins ... and there''s this awful smelll something I’d never smelled, just intolerable... my eyes hurt ... some real stankin'' fumes ... but theres children playing everywhere ... laughing and it’s raining, and theyre jumping all over the place .. they’re everywhere !... and so I keep walking and I reach a field covered with dead bodies ... like a battle field ... BUT ...trees are growing through the dead bodies!! .. lifting them above the ground ... and the trees are huge and just so strong and the leaves ... they’re like rainforest ones ... those huge ones ... I drew this ... I wish I could show ya cus I dont think youre getting the picture .. maybe you are .. the bodies arms and legs are hanging from the trunk of the tree and it keeps growing and growing ,.. towards the sky until I cant see them anymore ... I dont know what to get from it ...

anyway ... just wanted to share ... especially cus i think it had to do with ''flowers [& trees]..."

- Anonymous, California, USA

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