De La Soul Score Top 20 Hit With ‘And The Anonymous Nobody…’

De La Soul’s latest album ‘And the Anonymous Nobody…’ entered the UK album chart at number 16 this week and the vinyl album chart at number 1 (the album also charted at no. 2 in the record store chart and no. 4 in the indie album chart). The new album has received stunning review across the board with the Sunday Times calling it “An inventive, eccentric work of art that’s a modern-day successor to the hip-hop trio’s 1989 masterpiece, 3 Feet High and Rising.” and MOJO saying “One step ahead of the pack, And The Anonymous Nobody is another stroke of inventive brilliance from ever-humble, non-showboating masters of the long-playing arts. It’s De La Soul at their typically atypical best.” in their 4 star review.

The creation of And the Anonymous Nobody was several years in the making as De La Soul wanted to make another sample-based album in the vein of 3 Feet High and Rising. In order to do so, and avoid the legalities of sample clearance, they spent a few years recording more than 300 hours of live music, converging everything from bossa nova, soul and hip-hop to funk, disco and reggae, creating their own sample library. You can watch the newly release making of video below.

“A dependable commitment to excellence continues on the New Yorkers’ kickstarter-subsidised eighth album”Q (4 stars)

“Broad in scope, and naturally playful, this is a spectacular, fresh as the proverbial, triumph.”Uncut 8/10

“One step ahead of the pack, And The Anonymous Nobody is another stroke of inventive brilliance from ever-humble, non-showboating masters of the long-playing arts. It’s De La Soul at their typically atypical best.”MOJO (4 stars)

“An inventive, eccentric work of art that’s a modern-day successor to the hip-hop trio’s 1989 masterpiece, 3 Feet High and Rising.”Sunday Times Culture

“It’s musically rich, refreshingly oblivious to current trends and redolent of a trio who continue to go their own way whatever the cost.”The Times (4 stars)

“With Snoop Dogg, David Byrne, and Albarn among the guests, the sly, funny and provocative songs and skits mean this album ranks among their finest. A triumph.”Daily Mirror (4 stars)

“De La Soul commendably remain one of hip-hop’s great independently-minded outlier acts.”Clash 8/10