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by Elements of the Outer Realm

A unique sound that is the convergence of a wide spectrum of musical influences including hip-hop, jazz, classical, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and world music.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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2. Reach
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3. Corporate Band Aid
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4. 2084
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5. Transformation
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6. Look Out Your Window
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
April 1999 marked the birth of Elements of the Outer Realm, an eight-piece band hailing from Long Beach, California. With a unique sound that is the convergence of a wide spectrum of musical influences including hip-hop, jazz, classical, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and world music, Elements of the Outer Realm is the combined talents of eight musical artists who each bring their own creativity and musical ability to the group.

Emcees Christian Mendoza and Derrick Engoy poetically deliver their lyrics in a spoken word style. Drummer Rickey Lumpkin II creates multi-dimensional beats, most deem only playable through electronic means. Adding bottom-heavy bass lines and transient vocals is J. Michael Roy as Jojo Villanueva brings beautiful jazz melodies through skillful manipulation of the keyboard. Ian Azuelo twists the norm with his versatile guitar skills, and the multi-talented Genesis not only plays the clarinet and saxophone, but also lends his hands in percussion, playing congas, timbales, djembe and various bells. Rounding out the other-worldly sound of Elements of the Outer Realm is DJ Havik, whose turntablism skills create countermelodies that keep the band grounded in their hip-hop roots.

Through their music, Elements addresses the many emotions and societal issues that are encountered on a daily basis. Elements holds a strong belief that the world can be a beautiful place, despite the selfishness, hatred, and anger that seem to pervade society. Elements of the Outer Realm uses its philosophy as the backbone of its music, and believes in delivering positive messages through music. This philosophy is not only reflected in the music, but in their community involvement. They have performed and help raise money for many charitable events including those that have helped the victims of the 911 tragedy and the Tsunami Relief of South Asia in 2005.

Elements of the Outer Realm has performed all over California and performed at the 2003 Lollapalooza Music Festival. Also in 2003, Blender Magazine and Streetwise.com named Elements of the Outer Realm “Street Fight ‘Ultimate Band Challenge’ Hip-Hop Champion” through a national online battle of the bands competition in which hundreds of bands competed for the title. Elements of the Outer Realm’s music can be heard on College radio all across the country. Also EOTOR has been featured the World Famous KROQ (106.7 FM) as Jed the Fish’s Catch of the Day.

The musical experience that Elements of the Outer Realm brings can be best described as a spiritual high. It is best listened to with an open mind and a kind heart. The band believes that each and everyone should embrace their individuality, and that being different is a celebration of our humanity. Elements of the Outer Realm lives, breathes, and creates for the sheer love of music, and hopes to bring something new and positive with each and every song and performance.

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Jeff

It's the album I've been waiting for
This CD rocks. Most albums come and go, but this one is one of those albums that'll last a long time. Ten years from now, you'll still be playing it on your iPods.

It does a great job at bringing hip-hop and jazz together, all with a touch of funk and poetic spices.

It's a must have.
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John Book

Bringing together hip-hop and musicianship in a fine manner
Sadly, hip-hop bands are few and far blah blah you know the term. But "blah blah" is not what you can call Elements Of The Outer Realm, a 7-piece that call Long Beach, California home. Truth is, there are quite a few hip-hop bands but in a time when hip-hop seems catered to image and promotional budgets, it's hard to find those bands that sound good. The musicians of Elements Of The Outer Realm play very well, and along with DJ Havik create a sound that is not only funky, but also demonstrates some of the ethnic and social diversity found within the members of the band.

Then you have MC Christian Mendoza, who shows his energy and charisma in each of the tracks. He probably gets everyone going in a live setting, and when you can sense that in a studio recording, you'll want to see him and the band when they play near you. Some of the bands they reminded me of included Groove Collective, Ozomatli, Ill Again, Crown City Rockers, and Bullfrog. Outside of the funk, jazz, and hip-hop influences, I could easily see these guys also playing festivals and associating themselves with the jam band community. Anyone can rap, anyone can play, but the union between the two has to work in order for people to want to hear it. Elements Of The Outer Realm wrap them up together quite nice.
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