Review: Krush's eighth - and last - album Jaku is up there with Endtroducing and Donuts in terms of seminal, influential and forward-thinking beat longer players. 10 years since its release and it still sounds as timeless, unique and exciting as it did in 2004. The slick licks of a young Mr Lif on "Nosferatu", the post-apocalyptic tension of "Univearth" the sludgy, swampy cosmic hip-hop of the Aesop Rock-featured "Kill Switch" and the unashamed sax sex of "Slit Of Cloud"..... Do we need to go on? Limited edition, 180g transparent vinyl; even if you already have this in your collection this is a very, very appealing investment.
Review: The D.O.C.'s "No One Can Do It Better" is a revered but underrated West Coast classic that has been long out of print. Produced from front to back, top to bottom by Dr Dre, it serves up thirteen super sweet rap tracks from a golden age. It hits hard from the off, with raw breaks and incisive lyrics, big prog guitar samples, clunking beats and plenty of DJ scratching that adds up to a whirlwind ride. Fact fans will know that the D.O.C. was a crucial behind-the-scenes member of the N.W.A. inner circle as he wrote most of the rhymes for Eazy-E. Here he shines on his own terms.
Review: O.G. Original Gangster was the fourth album from American legend Ice-T, along with beat making help from the likes of Africa Islam, Beatmaster V and DJ Aladdin. It reached the Top 10 of Billboard's album chart at the time and went on to be certified gold, hence this reissue is a welcome one that re-highlight's Ice's skills on the mic. Many argue it features his best work, with musings on decaying America and humours digs at Public Enemy and angst up deliveries on "Lifestyles Of The Rich And Infamous." The production hits hard, emphasising each message with visceral thrills. This is a classic for a reason.