This album is meant to have a very "surreal" feel to it, and it's one of the main reasons I include so much use of the soundstage to drive home the feeling of fluid sound, something living, breathing and changing with each listen [so it should seem]. There's also a lot of different reverb, delay, echo, and chorus effects used throughout [on both single instruments and post-production] to give it that "dreamy" feeling that I wanted to capture.
The driving force behind this was kind of a "knee-jerk" reaction to the "rise" of bro-step and crunk/dirty-south rap. I feel that they are way over produced. So I wanted to put out an album that wasn't out of date... but had and old-school late 80s/early 90s "old-skool" nostalgic feeling upon listen. Something more "raw" and in essence gritty and "real" [compared to the other two mentioned]. Obviously Madlib's Quasimoto project was a huge inspiration [and I recommend for anyone who likes jazz, hip-hop, or advent-guard music to check out the two Lord Quas albums].
I probably recorded over 100 songs for the album, but I had a set direction I wanted to go with the concept being built up upon by the first song I recorded [and the last on the list], "Dream Sequence [A Reflective Mix]".