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Crisis Center Productions – Volume 1 (Crisis Center)
A three track 12″ containing dirty and clean mixes of ‘The Hurt’, ‘Trick Photography’ and ‘All I Hear Is’. ‘The Hurt’ is a fast paced headtrip, as Undefined rips the microphone up over a neck-snapping beat by DJ Concept. The little Mad Skillz samples only add to the fun. ‘Trick Photography’ is uncannily Dr Dre-ish, right down to the sing-song chorus, while ‘All I Hear Is’ is a rant on the bullshit commercialism plaguing Hiphop today. This latter cut really impresses, as Undefined is joined by Dase and Maximillian Steele to condemn the bling-bling culture. The emcees are hardcore, the beat is hardcore, the cuts by Concept are dope… what more do you want? If this is the standard of things to come, then look for Crisis Center to blowup soon.
RATING: 8 / 10
Aim – Hinterland Sampler (Grand Central)
Sampler from Aim’s followup to the critically acclaimed “Cold Water Music”, and if this is a taster of whats to come on the album then you should hit up Grand Central now and preorder. Souls Of Mischief make a welcome return to the fray on the hard beats and addictive plink-plonk sounds of ‘No Restriction’, while the slow mellow groove of ‘The Girl Who Fell Thru Ice’ features Kate Rogers with some haunting vocals. The other two cuts are instumentals – the first being ‘Fall Break’ which features a superb strings / piano composition. The second instrumental cut is ‘Vipco’ and is slightly more big beat-ish. Overall a nice taster for the forthcoming album which features Diamond D among others.
RATING: 7 / 10