Thanks to Ernesto!
Thanks to Ernesto!
English rappin’ German Hip Hop band. Ali Rakhshandeh and Iman Shahidi met in the early 90’s in Munich and started with a pre-production studio which wasn’t too successful – and Ali left for an US residence. After his return to Germany one year later the duo started a new try. Soon a big party in Ali’s Club in Munich took place, where Ali invited all famous German Hip Hop DJs, and they earned success. Hamburg based label “Showdown” signed Square One and DJ Edward Sizzerhand and MC Gianni joined the group. The first 12″ “Mind, Body And Soul” was released in 1999. Rasul did a famous solo track – branded as Square One – on DJ Thomilla’s “Genuine Draft” album. Next 12″ “State Of The Art” finally brought the breakthrough and was followed by 2001 “Walk of Life”, together with Munich rappers “Providence” and “Yinka” and Reggae bard “Patrice”.
Dark Circle, the multi-national, bi-lingual hip hop pairing repping the U.K and Germany have been one of the best European acts over the last two years, combining heavy, atmospheric beats with cold and intelligent lyricism. Released on the excellent JazzFudge records, home to such artists as DJ Vadim, Kid Acne and Foreign Beggars, D.C are one of British hip hop’s shining lights, along with Task Force, Jehst and Yungun.
Hoycke, comin’ straight outta Deutscheland, mixes up his brutal German raps with refreshing English verses. He actually predominantly raps in English, tearing the mic and opponents up, as well as spitting politically and socially conscious rhymes. Anik though for me is the top dog on this record, consistently dope, his flow is fresh and he seems more comfortable at times on the mic than Hoycke. His witty and astute wordplay is a step above many of his fellow rappers, either side of the atlantic.
Dark Circle have produced a very solid record here, with some ill battle raps, death threats to George Bush and laid back introspect. My favourite track is probably That’s Cool, Hoycke and Anik exchange some excellent rhymes over a chilled out beat by Son. The production on this album is also very good, no filler material here, just a well balanced mix of dark, grimey head nodders and funky breaks. Skinnymans guest appearance is a highlight, but to be honest the whole album shines bright.
I’m not going to give it five stars because they’re handed out to easily, it doesn’t match the brilliance of Biro Funk or the freshness of Spaz The World, but this is stark, intelligent and uncompromising, all in all an excellent record.
Collapse is Klaus Layer’s fourth full length album since 2013 and possibly his greatest musical achievement to date. Two years in the making, Klaus reveals an instrumental concept album full of genre-defying arrangements and hidden layers that will reward the listener over repeated plays.
Dope collaboration between Switzerland’s Sens Unik and Deutch hip-hop pioneers Die Fantastischen Vier.
Anyone havin’ info on these guys? Were they Germans or Americans who were signed on German label?
Overall, this is a good one… Recommended.