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While media glare is delicately focused on riotous LA upstarts Odd Future, up pops another collective ready to breathe life into an alternative hip hop scene that had, until recently, started to go off the boil. This Seattle based collective led by Palaceer Lazaro can be proud to be able to boast the accolade of being the first hip-hop record ever to be released on the heavily respected Sub Pop Records, but this isn’t a case of the label rapidly changing direction and chasing the zeitgeist. Instead, this mysterious hip-hop crew have surfaced with an album that often offers a tight lyrical flow that slides up like a less hormonally charged Spank Rock, usually underpinned by Flying Lotus style jazz-touched electronics. Overall, it’s a wholesome prospect that is free from lines steeped in braggadocio and eschews the need to acclimatise itself with bling culture.

By Nathan Westley

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