jizzm, global phlowtations, shape shifters, melancholy
gypsys, the cuf, the animal pharm, abstract rude, others.
|1. Jizzm High Definition
"Where The Sidewalk Ends Pt. 1"
|2. DisFlex 6 "ElectroLights"
|3. Daysmen Empire
"Recognize The Fact"
|4. Illkuts Crew "Babbits
|5. Global Phlowtations
|6. Da Golden Ray
|7. Shape Shifters
|1. Melancholy Gypsys
|2. The Earthling "In
|3. Turnstyle "Collective
|4. Us Pros "In
US (We Trust)"
|5. The Cuf "916-484-4245
Get At This"
|6. The Animal Pharm
"Brand New Sound (Sonicosmonauts)"
|7. Abstract Rude
(A.T.U.) "Our Guide"
With hip hop often being
about as stale as spilled beer on the counter of some
abandoned pub, it shouldnt surprise the reader,
that the attention of the ever hoping, often gets satisfied
by releases from the westcoast. And even though in its
infant days, hip hop grew and was nourished by the soil
of the east, the innovation seems to be now coming from
the area where Silicon Valley changed the world, and
where soundsystems breathe the coming in from the pacific.
These sounds lack a spitting image, and are as fresh
as a perfectly pulled and settled Guinness Beer in Ireland.
Compilations by nature
assemble a selection of different courses, that will
please at times, while sometimes will be picked apart
and a side dish, plate, course will remain untouched.
And in true innovative spirit the cooks of Toiletworld
Records, gathered known and less known, if not even
unknown ingredients, even to the most experienced eater,
and most well read knowledgeable.
After all this background
babblin, its time to talk about the only
important aspect of this tape: the music. And while
some tracks are shite, some are the shit.
All tracks (apart from
the DJ exhibitions, duh) are lyrically heavy and
so its more often the production that cant
keep pace with the tongue lashing, and breaks the track.
Jizzms piano and mafia guitar start the album
in a dark mood, but can be considered as more of the
same "Illasophic" material. DisFlex must have
tried too hard to be different, that the focus on difference
diluted their view on still remaining dope. Interesting
patterns though. Daysmen succeed with keeping it simple:
playful organic bass and vibes, with shuffling drums.
"They sound like they created rap, while in fact
they created wack". Defenitely an inspired onslaught.
The Illkuts crew chop up bits and pieces, concentrating
on a strong drums performance, serving a only marginally
monotonous feast. There either was something missing
in the mastering, equipment or mixing, but Global Phlowtations
sound very unfinished. Da Golden Ray not only spit in
an annoying flow, but their reversed loop is just as
annoying. Only the stumbling, chopping drums lend something
to remember to this track. So its on the Shapeshifters
to finish the A-Line nicely with another obscurely mixed,
multi layered, mystic, flute induced winner.
The B-Run has us entrapped
in the musical artful intellect of the Living Legends'
own Melancholy Gypsies. Scarub and Eligh seduce us into
their captivity, with the strongest track up till
now. The Earthlings keep the good vibe up with "In
A Minute", that sounds like a Hieroglyphics
track, circa 93. The second DJ cut is courtesy
of the Turnstylez, which come solid. They leave more
to a pre-produced beat to cut over, than Illkuts did,
but they chirp nicely with vocal chops of old school
samples. The Us Pros spit somewhat like the Sunnmoonsekt,
without the beat being as sonic though. Very abstract
are the Cuf, which sound horribly underproduced with
their bubblin beat, that screams for more substance.
A trap to which the Brink EP Pharm does
not fall prey. But they are not the first to claim that
theirs is some unheard brand new underground sound,
while falling short to their promises of being groundbreakingly,
pioneeringly different, while they are anti-normal,
as they claim themselves. And finally Abstract puts
some Ragga vibes unto this tape, with another relaxed
Fat Jack produced beat. Philosophical as always.
This tape is very enjoyable
for the experienced westcoast underground hip hop lovers,
while as an introductionary tool, to make new people
love this spectrum of hip hop, it would fail horribly.
This can only be appreciated and understood, if the
listener is already in the know. And even for him, its
not doubtlessly dope. Although, as said, very enjoyable.