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Hype Williams return with another collection of ambiguous lo-fi space dub tracks this time on Hippos In Tanks. Unlike previous LP's/7"s by this London (and now Berlin) based duo I've had no exposure to this new material prior to us receiving our quota of LP's so this completely fresh! This pleases me. Unfortunately 'One Nation' has no sleeve art which is a shame but it comes on mega heavy white vinyl which is some consolation. As far as the content is concerned, well, it's business as usual for Dennes and Inga. 'One Nation' relies less on sampled and covered material than on previous outings with everything I've heard so far sounding completely Hype created from scratch, as it were. Well it's been hard to decipher exactly what the duo have been up to stylistically on previous releases yet 'One Nation' can primarily be identified as a collection of lo-fi Dub excursion with elements of Balearic House, Hip-Hop, Future-Funk, Electro and Soundtrack music becoming more apparent as I listen on. It kinda reminds me of some of their earlier more freeform improvised stuff but with all the experimentation being played out on electronic instruments (drum machines, synths, sequencers etc) instead of live ones. This gives 'One Nation' a coherency and character unlike other releases by the duo in the sense that it sounds like they are really jamming together, much like they would at a show, jammin' things out and seeing what happens. So, 'One Nation' doesn't have the hit quota of 'Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Reel' with it's Drake raps and Sade covers yet it feels more like a complete musical statement as opposed to a collection of tracks bolted together for the sake of a release. I'd hazard a guess that they've invested in some new equipment too as 'One Nation' is chock full of fantastic synth tones, bass sounds and drum rhythms that again seem relatively consistent throughout as if they've finally decided on their weapons of choice. As consistently good and chong induced as anything they've put out before 'One Nation' will no doubt please listeners old and new. A perfect accompaniment to the laid back summer I'm hoping to enjoy anytime now.
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