After multiple releases on Obey and Hit+Run, and doing a mix for Ninja Tune, Kutmah makes his debut for Big Dada with THROBBB!. High octane mash of fiery hip hob beats and a spitting punk attitude. Think Death Grips meets Run The Jewels and Edan. Features tracks with many guest artists, including Natureboy Flako, Gonjasufi, Jeremiah Jae, Akello G Light, and many more.
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The Revenge Of Black Belly Button! (‘TROBBB!’) was bound to be an odd beast. Soundtracking the film of the same name, and masterminded by Sunshine City (L.A.) native Kutmah, since-transplanted to London, it was bound to be an edgy, slightly tetchy affair. Justin “Kutmah” McNulty is a Beats-Wizard, though. This one’s a very welcome challenge: a polychromatic, appropriately widescreen suite of beats and rhymes across 31 heavy-hitting, neck-snapping tracks; caffeined-up micro-beats, concrete-destroying sub bass, mind-warping glitches and narrow-eyed skitters -- and of course, cameo raps galore.
There’s no escaping the grime influence, looming large like an East London sink estate: the dusk lurks menacingly on tracks “Hackney” and the vexed, spectral soundbite dialogue n’ synth creep of “E2 7RW", before going all nightfall tower-block threatening a propos “Stalker”. And here’s the first vocal performance -- two lyricists, as it happens -- as Jeremiah Jae and Zeroh exchange slyly surreptitious flows for “Black Myth”. For “Swampthing”, Zackey Force Funk gives us his best City of Angels southside drawl, ominously leading us down a dark alley for the fraught-with-danger flick-knife special, “On The Run”. Complete with bucketing down fx. Cos, y’know, London innit.
Hyperactive scuffle-beats bring the noise for N8NOFACE and his aggro-spitting on the terrifying “Cooler Of Evidence” It’s not likely I’ll get ‘murked’ as I sit in my Review Chair though, I guess. Up next, it’s the welcome return of the sleepy, stoned flow of Zeroh on “Blackwave”; a late in the day mention for the damn smoov Jonwayne, still chillin’ (“Accounted For”), and Gonjasufi of course! He’s hiding right at the death of this review copy cd… “Bury Me By The River” is a reliably psych acid-trip evocative of a Deep South hanging. Yeah, I know. Unsettling but characteristically brilliant.
A terrific full-length first from a man with a wide-arcing creative palette, an ambitious, triumphant project. For fans of stark beats, atmospheres, film soundtracks, indie hip hop, the L.A.-London narrative, and the man they call Koot-Mah. That’ll be legions, then.
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