Marco Polo, “The Stupendous Adventures Of Marco Polo”

Marco Polo, The Stupendous Adventures Of Marco Polo
Duck Down Records

It seems counterintuitive for rising producer Marco Polo to turn The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo into a platform for dozens of MCs. But Marco Polo isn’t an instrumental beat maker; he excels at scoring tracks for a wide breadth of underground voices, from backpackers (Red Clay’s “Official”) to street rappers (Torae’s “Combat Drills”). Utilizing a range of sampled sounds, from “The Bridge’s” brassy funk horns to “Think of You Now’s” cool piano tones, Marco Polo compiles plenty of heaters. However, a few cuts (Granddaddy I.U.’s grumpy-sounding “The Veteran”) fall flat.

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