MATHMAN & THE HYP­NOTIC BRASS EN­SEM­BLE

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Hyp Hop ★★★★ Weapon of Choice

The grind­ing of gears? Or the con­nec­tion of mu­tual in­ter­ests? It’s def­i­nitely the lat­ter as song­writer and pro­ducer MathMan (aka Adam Fog­a­rty, of Dublin hip-hop col­lec­tive The An­i­ma­tors) blends song­writ­ing skills with Chicago’s hip-hop (and ac­tual) funk/soul broth­ers, Hyp­notic Brass En­sem­ble. The pair orig­i­nally hooked up on The An­i­ma­tors 2013 track, Those were the Days, the happy re­sults of which trig­gered this fruit­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion. What we have is a col­lec­tion of clas­sic hip-hop that deftly side­lines the brass while ush­er­ing in clever word­play and sin­u­ous rhythms, each of which ef­fort­lessly flows from be­gin­ning to end. From track one ( Where I’m From, fea­tur­ing DJ Tuki) to track eight (MathMan’s beefy re­work­ing of HBE’s Nav­i­ga­tor), Hyp Hop hits the hot spot.

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