Preservation - Eastern Medicine, Western Illness
May 29, 2020
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If not for Freddie Gibbs's Alfredo, this one would have been the best release of May 29th.

DJ Preservation's Eastern Medicine, Western Illness was produced and arranged in Hong Kong, and you can sense the oriental influences in the music - because of Preservation's s intricate sampling there's definitely a Chinese vibe going on. Preservation recruited an impressive roster of emcees to do justice to his beats, most of whom he did production work for in the past - including Roc Marciano, Your Old Droog, Ka, A.G. (of D.I.T.C.), Mach-Hommy, Quelle Chris, Navy Blue, and billy woods - all names to get excited about of course.

"Dragon Town" the album's first track with YoungQueenz turns out to be an unlucky choice for an album opener because it's the weakest track by far (due to YoungQueenz's 'unconventional' style) - after that one, it's all pretty great, especially the second half of the tracklist is AWESOME. Standouts include "Children Of Never" with A.G., "Medicine Drawer" with Roc Marci, "Correspondence" with Your Old Droog and Mach-Hommy, "Lemon Rinds" with billy woods, and the superlative "A Cure For The Common" with Ka.

Eastern Medicine, Western Illness is a fantastic album (despite its shaky start), an album that deserves attention - and a must for people already familiar with Preservation's production work or with the featured artists' music.

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2 Comments
May 29, 2020
Yep pretty much felt the same way about the start of the album. Even Quelle Chris feature didnt hit as it should. But after that - WOW
Jun 3, 2020
Ur crazy, "A Scholar's Rock" by Grande Marshall was excellent
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