Billy Martin: IllyB Eats 2

illyB Eats 2A compilation of original beats assembled by Billy Martin over a period of four years from soundchecks and other sources, illyB Eats 2 isn't really an album in the classic sense. The limited edition disc is actually intended as an invitation to "DJs, instrumentalists, and producers to collaborate using these beats as a basis for compositions or musical ideas...on upcoming projects."

With that in mind, it should come as little surprise that the disc will appeal mainly to DJs and die-hard MMW fans. While the release benefits from the (sparse) inclusion of John Medeski on "bleeding keyboards" and Eddie Bobe on congas, only two of the 19 tracks venture past the four-minute mark. That shouldn't be taken as an indictment of the beats by any means, only as an idea of what to expect.

illyB Eats 2 is a fantastic compilation of beats from one of the best drummers in the game. Because it really isn't a true album, it may not have as much "living room appeal" relative to its utility to DJs and producers. This is one of those discs that will play well for city driving, and is kind of nice to have at home and pull off the shelves for something different. Enjoyable to the casual listener, Martin's release will leave DJs and producers salivating.

Nathan Rodriguez

[Published on: 5/20/04]

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