The Allergies are back with a new album - rejoice! Feel-good funk, hip-hop swagger and dusty vintage loops are everything you need right now. Across thirteen tracks, producers Rackabeat and DJ Moneyshot dig deep into their souls, as well as their record collections, serving up a day-glo blast of super positive sampledelia that’ll have you smiling from ear to ear.
It's been 16 long years since Bay Area rappers and producers Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born, who together make up Latyrx, released their critically acclaimed The Album, widely regarded as a seminal work in the West Coast underground hip-hop scene of the mid to late 1990s. Now, the technically lauded duo are preparing to release a long awaited follow up, The Second Album, due out November 5th with an extraordinary roster of guest artists and producers from groups and collectives that reads like a modern day music festival line-up, including Tune Yards, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, Blackalicious, and more.
On his first studio album since 2003’s highly praised ‘Later That Day’ (called “easily one of the most creative hip hop albums of the year” by Amazon.com), Lyrics Born (aka Tom Shimura) once again raises the bar with ‘Everywhere At Once’.
It's been a while since I've done any reviews and I'm a bit later off the mark with this one - the release date was 10th March, almost a week ago as I write this. However, it's been on loop on my MP3 player ever since I was sent it for review so I felt I could hardly pass by the opportunity to sing the praises of what is definitely one of the best CDs I've been sent this year.