The Brickbuilders LP is the product of several years of cross-Atlantic collaboration between veteran underground rapper BluRum 13 and producer Frameworks, following on from last years acclaimed EP of the same name. The album is a heavy mix of boom-bap beats and dope samples fromFrameworks, who has been building a solid reputation for himself recently with releases on First Word Records, Organik and Hero Records.
BluRum 13 (best known for his countless collaborations with the likes of DJ Vadim, Luke Vibert, Aquasky and Kid Koala) is as on-point as ever, with his gravel-voiced flows expertly providing catchy hooks as well as deep, thought-provoking rhymes. Lyrically he examines topics covering life, love, loyalty and friendships; as well as a few insightful observations on the current state of the hip hop artform, observations that only ring this true from someone whos been in the game for well over a decade.
Throughout the album laid-back, poignant tracks (Timeframe, Real Love) sit perfectly alongside more uptempo dancefloor-rocking beats (They Told Me, and the Latin-tinged banger Moonlighting), making for a varied but solid listen that will please any self-respecting hip-hop head!
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