After one listen to this sonic opus, it becomes apparent that Ras G is part of a brazen new group of pioneers in hip-hop sound architecture. Dexterously weaving vocal sound bites from sources as varied as Janet Jackson (“Penny’s Confession”) and The Last Poets (“Nothing But Change”) throughout his digital-versus-analog soundclash algorithms, Ras G fearlessly connects the dots between ancient African civilizations, Rastafarianism, and the extraterrestrial. “Earthly Matters” shows Ras G’s bent for further exploring the philosophies of his most dominant musical muse (the unorthodox, late jazz legend Sun Ra) through the binary code of his MPC’s circuitry. Metaphysical, mind-expanding beats from the great beyond have officially landed. Earth will never be the same.