Boomkat Product Review:
Adam Drucker aka Dose One and Jeffrey Logan aka Jel are much better known in combination as Themselves. 'Crownsdown' is their second album this year, following the free-to-download 'theFreeHoudini' album with a pay-to-own album exhibiting their sharply honed skills learned via cLOUDEAD, Deep Puddle, Subtle and the vast number of projects in between (13 and God, Boom Bip & Dose One etc). One of the signs of their fitness to hit the auditory nerve hard is the furious pace and bombastic delivery of the opening cuts 'Back II Burn', 'Oversleeping' and 'theMark', all served up with steaming beats and hungry jaws, explained in part by the fact that Themselves prepared for this LP by revisiting the classic hiphop of Gangstarr, Ultramagnetic MCs and Public Enemy, giving a sturdy recurring theme that grounds this record in the abstract landscapes of leftfield hiphop. 'Daxstrong' pays tribute to Subtle founder Dax Pierson who was left paraplegic after the groups tour accident in 2005, while 'You Ain't It' features dax on autotune next to Doseone and 'Skinning The Drum' breaks MPC beats in Bomb Squad style over Doses' intense wordplay. 'Crownsdown' an admirable return to form after such a long hiatus, proving their plenty of gallon left in their tanks.