Throw­back to the Fu­ture ★★★ Tommy Boy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

Old-school rap fans will recog­nise many of the names in­volved in this project to blend New York hip-hop’s sass and at­ti­tude with the sul­try swing of Brazil­ian mu­sic. The well-trav­elled Prince Paul, De La Soul pro­ducer Don Newkirk, Di­ga­ble Plan­ets’ Lady­bug Mecca, Del Tha Fun­kee Ho­mosapien, Mr Len, An­tipop Con­sor­tium’s Beans, Kid Koala and Count Bass D join forces with Go­rila Ur­bano and a co­hort of Brazil­ian MCs to see what the match-up can cre­ate. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing en­counter, es­pe­cially when the mix of styles suits the lean of the ma­te­rial. Tracks such as Mar­além are es­pe­cially evoca­tive, with party vibes to the fore on Mad Dog In Yoruba and

To­dos Os Ter­reiros. It’s a colour­ful and of­ten evoca­tive af­fair which re­minds you that hip-hop’s back-in-the-day flavours can still pack a punch. brookzill

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