Tuesday, 18 January 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: Gangrene 'Gutter Water' out now on Decon

Don't pay any attention to the horrible name or the even more disgusting artwork on this colab debut between The Alchemist and Oh No. This is the exact opposite of that. This is hip hop in it's purest, smoothest most eloquent form. It's heavy smoky beats layered with piano riffs from heaven (see 'Not High Enough'). It's roses in bloom, mac and cheese, cheese steaks, big mac and chicken fajitas. It's fine champagne cognac after a birthday meal at Bouillon Racine. In short it's everything you could want from a hip hop album and more. There's samples galore, references to everything that is class in black music today and it's true to it's roots (see 'Gutter Water' title track).

This album is a flagship release but you would excect nothing less from Decon Records that boast having artists like RJD2, Jurassic Five and Dilated Peoples amongst their roster. Yes, enough said, just get it.



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