The third release from their forthcoming album sees the boys go in tuff with this party-hard dancefloor anthem. The basslines are dark and gnarled and the synths are ascending and hands-in-the-air worthy. The dub sirens and vocal from ‘Mad Hed City’ add a dancehall vibe.
Jimmy Le Mac ploughs a gorgeously doom-laden vibe that brings to mind recent releases from Bristol's Archive or New York's Doctor Jeep. My personal favourite on the four-tracker is 'Bungle', a furrow-browed percussive number featuring a wicked sample of Idris Elba's Stringer Bell from The Wire: "I'm just a Gangster I s'pose". The Melbourne-based producer backs it up with 'Wiggle', based round a hip-hop vocal refrain, doom-laden sub and meandering synthwork, an atmospheric rave-fuelled roller titled 'Played', and the slick dystopian sci-fi vibe of 'Bowers Rave'. Absolutely essential if you like your beats intense and claustrophobic.
Amos return to Dispatch with their latest three-track single, headed up by ‘Oxide’ which employs the talents of Dutchman Fre4knc. The track, of course, lies in the heavier realm of our beloved spectrum and has a sense of regality about it — it’s dark, twisted and takes you to completely unexpected places. A techy toolshed stepper, bringing us all sorts of grinding, pounding metallic sounds, with itchy glitches and rumbling, stomach-turning bass drops.
As soon as a billion white critics start bawling about something being the greatest hip-hop album of the year I'm instantly sus. What they mean is that it's the best hip-hop album THEY GOT SENT this year and that for the rest of the year they're going to sit on their fat asses slapping themselves on their backs for their 'eclectisism' while never investigating hip-hop in any deeper sense. I actually find 'To Pimp A Butterfly' kind of exhausting, over-egged, frequently just plain dull. 'King Kunta' is emblematic of this — a groove whose datedness and easy placement makes it familiar but eventually kind of boring. What always lifts Lamar's music above the mediocre is his rhyming and his voice, always compelling and in small doses, pleasingly somewhere between gruffness and grace. Hope this does dent the UK charts, cos love the idea of hearing Radio 1 DJs attempting to wrap their tongues around the title. An inevitable hit.