Boomkat Product Review:
How do you follow 'Corrupt Data'? That's the question that's evidently been keeping the Shadow Huntaz awake at night. Having redefined a genre through their crossbreed of hip-hop and Funckarma's deliciously mashed up Acid-tinged production, Shadow Huntaz differed from their Anti-Pop peers by using the digitalis in a way that seemed entirely natural as opposed to being there for the generic sake of it. Admitting themselves that 'Valley of the Shadow' should be seen as more of a continuation than a distinct evolutionary leap from 'Corrupt Data', Skam know when they're onto a good thing and have left the Shadow Huntaz MC's and Funckarma production mob to get acquainted all over again.'Valley of the Shadow' is fit to burst with head-nodding classics like the tongue-twist of 'Radically Necessary' or digital brooding of '2020'. Elsewhere, 'Do What I Want' grafts some Erasmus quoting Aesop-style thump-hop over a B-movie soundtrack, 'Pelvic' gets all ch-o-p-p-y , whilst 'Rulez of Engagement' gamma-bursts melancholic atmospherics over an almost literary rhyme. Oh and the Funckarma guys have put together an 8 minute edit for the website jukebox (split here into 3 parts) spanning the whole of the album so make sure to give it a listen without haste! Ace.