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.
Sherard Ingram is best known for his razor-sharp, high octane electro as DJ Stingray, but his latest release sees him explore other possibilities. High-paced, angular funk is audible on ‘Dendrite’, but is shrouded in atmospheric chords. 'Acetylcholine' represents a greater shift in sound — a raw, stomping techno track — while ‘eRbB4’ is reminiscent of Drexciya’s Other People Place side-project with its sublime melodies and understated pulses. Kon001 complete the release with a fine, acid-soaked take on ‘eRbB4’.
A fine EP from the G-man, who has been steadily concreting his rep within both Deep Medi and the dubstep fraternity as the producer to watch if you like your shit well crafted. Four tracks all made with a wonky panache — from the wobbly sorcery on ‘Witch Blues’ to the darkly ethereal collabo with Bristol’s Rider Shafique — it's dubstep 3.0, showing the depth and range that can be explored within (& without) the template.
"Tumble Audio is definitely one of my favourite labels. Every release kills it. Doctor Jeep is one of my top artists and never disappoints — this remix is a perfect example of that."