Last seen collaborating with Raw Poetic on Laminated Skies – without doubt one of the finest albums of the year so far – Damu The Fudgemunk has now teamed up with Pan Amsterdam on EAT, which is a similarly brilliant collection of usually chilled and always well-considered hip-hop. The title track mixes the sublime and the absurd incredibly effectively, with triumphant piano chords and choral backing vocals rubbing up against lyrics like “Chicken and rice, going down nice with a side of tomatoes / Cuttin that spice, gonna pay the price on the toilet lil later”. What we gun EAT??
Washington, D.C.-based hip-hop artist Raw Poetic’s album Laminated Skies landed last week, and I’m hooked. Backed by Damu The Fudegmunk on drums and percussion and host of other musicians all contributing the record, he’s created a body of work that sits somewhere between the classic hip-hop sounds of the 80s and early 90s, and the dreamier, more abstract structures of artists like Dean Blunt. Nowhere are these qualities more perfectly brought together than in the final track Cadillac; a fittingly sublime end to a remarkable album.