Boomkat Product Review:
French hiphop never ceases to bring to mind an old 'learn French' tv show I was forced to watch at school in French lessons. Of course to appeal to 'the kids' they felt the having someone who looked suspiciously like an extra from 'Do the Right Thing' as a struggling French rapper would make us take notice, unfortunately it just served to add to the already pathetic comedy. TTC however always do their best to overcome stereotypes and British xenophobia by being absolutely bonkers, which makes me struggle to find any real comparison. French has for a long time now been 'the other' language to rap in, with MC Solaar making waves thanks to some support from Guru and Saian Supa Crew touring with the Pharcyde (and appearing on Newsround), but for some reason TTC have distanced themselves from all this, appearing more as the naughty European brothers of NYC experimentalists Antipop Consortium. Using vintage synth sounds and harnessing a love of American R+B and mainstream hiphop the result is eclectic and absolutely captivating, and whether your French is up to scratch or not it is totally addictive. Just skip to the crunk-bling Diplo-lite mayhem of 'Telephone' or the slinky electo-lounge of 'Antenne 2' and you'll be hooked. '3615' doesn't really fit in anywhere actually, it definitely shouldn't be lumped in with the bland hiphop underground and it's frankly too insane to be considered as mainstream - so let's just revel the fact that there are musicians out there who aren't afraid to mix things up. Turn it up and ENJOY.