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Fu­ture Brown ★★★★


There’s plenty of all-star form in Fu­ture Brown’s ge­o­graph­i­cally di­verse ranks. Be­tween them, Kuwaiti na­tive Fa­tima Al Qadiri, LA duo Asam Ma­roof and Daniel Pineda (aka Nguzun­guzu) and J-Cush from New York la­bel Lit City Trax have had a hand, act or part in many shapeshift­ing re­leases. As be­fits their col­lec­tive name, the four-piece main­tain their fast-for­ward mo­men­tum with an al­bum full of smart ideas, genre hop­scotch­ing and nex­tlevel brain­storm­ing. The con­stant duck­ing and div­ing be­tween hip-hop, dance­hall, grime, r’n’b and elec­tron­ica re­sults in an imag­i­na­tive rush of sound. There are fine guest turns from var­i­ous vo­cal­ists and MCs (Tink is su­perb on al­bum book-ends Room 302 and Wanna Party), but the real plea­sure here is in ob­serv­ing four top pro­duc­ers stretch them­selves that lit­tle bit fur­ther. A bold, brash, ex­cit­ing clar­ion call. face­book. com/Fu­tureBrown

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