Mental time travelers and prolific jazz troupe, A Tribe Called Quest has returned with their reinvented, but classic sound after almost two decades since 1998’s “A Love Movement.” On Veteran’s Day the group landed in a universe beyond the moon with their current album, “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service.” A consistent crispness fizzles with precision throughout the album, each track resembling a record needle etching vinyl.
Musical memories jive and embody the conversationalist vocal melodies, “let’s make something happen” in “The Space Program.” Accompanied with a jabbing closing composition, the tribe samples Willy Wonka’s psychedelic boat scene, requesting that the listener enter the murky chocolate water wormhole of terrors and paddle through the anxious imagery, because moving forward is the only way to go. Closing with a full moon, the Wonka theme statics into a synonymous sample of Armstrong’s wonky view when he misplaced the “a” in his original quote:
“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Integrating Earth’s listeners, the tribe calls out racial inferiorities in “The Space Program.” From the outer edging of the puzzle, a remixed sample gives an example of displacement within their comparing quote:
“a small step for mankind, but a giant leap for us.”