Jam Baxter has ascended into rap legend status with ease over recent years and it's his sheer talent at writing mind bending similes and brutally honest yet somewhat cryptic metaphors thats got him there.
If you don't know his back catalogue and who he runs with, you should. He was the first artist other than Fliptrix himself to release a project on incredible independent label High Focus in the form of his debut double LP 'Rinse Out Friday, Spack Out Monday'. He's had a slew of releases since then and even before this he came to everyones attention as part of 'Contact Play' alongside Mr Key, Ronnie Bosh, Dirty Dike and Ed Scissortongue.
Our scene has been eagerly waiting for him to get back to it and he's been pretty busy cooking up his new LP set for release on 1st December on High Focus, of course.
The project is entirely produced by none other than beat wizard and pillar of the community, Chemo. It's titled
'...so we ate them whole' and content wise, well lets just say no one, whether you've been anticipating the release or not, is going to be disappointed.
We hear Jammothy flex his vocal chords over a mix of different instrumental styles, all tied together with an inherent eeriness that shines through nicely and doesn't over bear the rhyme patterns.
Some producers who try this kind of thing would be in serious danger of making an over bearing and somewhat boring selection of beats but Chemo is no amateur at this. He has crafted something that flows well as an album where you can get a feel of the vibe and concept but with a plethora of instrument selections placed very well which gives each track its own definition and identity.
Going into too much detail would spoil the surprise and somewhat dampen the fun of working out the themes of each tune but a couple of standouts for us would be 'Caravans' which is quite early on on the record. The slightly twisted yet incredibly bouncy horns on the beat are ridden faultlessly by Baxter. Watch out for this one because it's catchy as fuck and is going to make a welcome addition to any playlist.
Another stand out for us is further on in the project and titled 'Clockwork'. This serves as a perfect demonstration of Baxters intricate and imaginative rhyme habits as he spews complex patterns, with plenty of reality in there to relate to over an ominous, murky Chemo instrumental.
The track featuring fingerwork from Bax's High Focus/Contact Play gangmate Sammy B-Side as well as a verse from Dirty Dike definitely has the traits of an anthem. Everything is on point and the two vocal contributors come with styles reminiscent of earlier releases we came to know them for.
Its been a fair old wait for this release but its been worth it. You can hear how Baxters style and methods have developed since previous projects and Chemo's stellar work on the buttons brings it all together as one of the finest releases of the year....hats off to you, Mr Baxter.
RELEASED 1ST DECEMBER
AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW VIA HIGH FOCUS RECORDS
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