Boomkat Product Review:
Quio is a female MC and singer who has roots in Berlin's club scene. On this, her second album, Quio recruits agf as producer, that other great matriarch of lyrical weirdness and abstract beat constructions. Phiu is a truly bizarre album, not the sort of thing that could accurately be described as a hip hop album, but certainly features a good deal of what might be described as rap by Quio's very strange lyrics, delivered with an ADD-afflicted intonation that sometimes sounds half-sung, spoken or in full-on Lady Sovereign mode (but with a Berlin accent). In production terms 'Rising Tide' is a real highlight, with agf dishing out harpsichord samples and string swoops, all cut up with the roughest editing imaginable over a slick backbone of clicks 'n' cuts-influenced grime. One of the very strangest songs is 'Me Mucker' which I suppose is intended as some sort of mockney reference, but frankly it's pretty hard to discern what Quio's on about at any given point. By the time you get to the Brazilian rap tutorial 'Minha Rima' (feat. Edu K) you'll either be giggling along amicably or running for the hills in exasperation: you may find the 50 Cent reference in the chorus - something about "candy shops" and "licking lollipops" proves to be the final straw.