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Artist: Leaf (@)
Title: Made Into Itself
Format: CD
Label: Suspicious Records (division of Hive Records)
Distributor: Ad Noisem & Ant Zen
Rated: *****
This is definitely an unconventional record when compared to the rest of the Hive records roster, but that's probably why Hive decided to put it out under their new subdivision Suspicious Records. Leaf (whose other side projects include Nevrland, Biogliphic, & Blunt Force Crew) is a dark record that walks the paths of experimental hip-hop (mostly instrumental, but you'll get your fair share of rhymes as well) and stops at every intersection to mingle with the cross-roads of trip hop, orchestral arrangements, electronica etc. Leaf likes it lo-fi and raw around the edges, he experiments with samples (a lot of which come from movies) and he flips his shit around on top of sticky beats, hypnotic layers of sounds, minimal turntableism and british-sounding female singing voices opposed to black male voices dropping their lyrics into the mixture. If you like Everlast, Massive Attack, Dj Shadow, Dj Signify, Tricky etc you'll probably dig this. Leaf is currently touring with Def Jux recording artists Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock and Cage. That's whassup dog!



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