Boomkat Product Review:
Now available on vinyl!!! A genuine all-star line up here from the Stones Throw roster, 'Chrome Children' sees the likes of MF Doom, Oh No, J Dilla, Madvillian, Quasimoto, Percee P and a whole squad of MVP's jostling for your attention on a fantastic collection that is fit to burst with all new exclusives, classics and untouchable hip-hop heritage. Following on from the Dangerdoon hook-up, the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim are back in the fold - here providing a banner under which to operate and refraining from the skits which peppered 'The Mouse and The Mask'. Presided over by the man Peanut Butter Wolf, 'Chrome Chidren' cuts the opening ribbon with Oh No's 'Oh Zone', wherein electronic gloops and layered samples whip up a discreet storm atop of which the vocals recklessly buoy - with the result being a thrilling introduction that pitches the atmosphere just the right side of frenzied. Taking things down the club, J Dilla turns in a great set of Frankenstein beats for Guilty Simpson on 'Clap Your Hands', before cooking up a echo-fed gem under his own name on 'Nothing Like This'. An obvious highlight for most is going to be the return of Madvillian, where 'Monkey Suite' again captures the magic which so enchanted first time round as Ol' Metal Face delivers his marble-mouthed rhymes over a sparse beat that could almost be a noir-Neptunes production; the results as essential as you'd expect. Elsewhere, Percee P and Quasimoto hook-up for the tense 'Raw Heat', Madlib gets the J Dilla treatment on the helium stomp of 'Take It Back', whilst Gary Wilson's 'Dream(s)' is a synth-pickled diktat sent from the electro/funk crossroads. Metal Mickey!