Bad Taste Records :: 2009 :: buy this record
Strange Journey Volume One was the CunninLynguists' third mixtape, and the first of a new series of three. And it was an old-style one: it was a full mess, mixing new songs with old ones, recorded live in Stockholm like "Lynguistics", or remixed or rewritten, sometimes with additional rappers, like Dungeon Family's Killer Mike and Khujo Goodie on the great "Georgia", and Skinny DeVille and Fish Scales from Nappy Roots on "K.K.K.Y.". On some tracks, the CunninLynguists would rap with such guests, or with others, like indie rap figureheads Slug and Mac Lethal, or Sweden's Looptroop Rockers; and on some others, they were alone; or they would offer the full beat to one of their friends, like Tonedeff, or the ex-member Mr. SOS.
It was a big mess; and though, there was some kind of key topic, uniting most of the songs, and it was about the life on tour. A few comical skits talked about the inconvenience of their life on the roads, and some songs provided more details about this. "Don't Leave (When Winter Comes)" and "The Distance", for example, were laments about separation, remoteness, and the poor family life they created. "Nothing but Strangeness", on the opposite, was sharing funny anecdotes, in a much lighter way. "Never Come Down" and "Hypnotized" were about related topics, the consumption of weed and groupies, respectively. And on "Broken Van (Thinking of You)", the rappers talked about their old van, as if it was a mistress.
This was not enough to change this first edition of Strange Journey into a regular CunninLynguists album. By chance, though, it offered again fluid raps from Deacon and Natti, and top quality beats from Kno. It was still the same lyrics, sometimes humorous, sometimes introspective, and the same music, equally melancholic and lighthearted. And therefore it was much more than just a playful side project.