AVERAGE RAP BAND: El Sol
Stop what you're doing, dust off that old Nike visor from out the wardrobe, grab some Lycra, your roller skates and head to Venice beach. No, it might not quite sound like this, or this, just think more along the lines of 1983 crossed with a little bit of 2023 (don't you know that things go in cycles?). We're semi convinced this might be what the disc jockeys used to regularly thrash at LA roller rinks.
or in our case, Oriental Parade; and pretend it's summertime 1986 ↩
While the (earlier) suggested dress code may be appropriate for the first half of the album it won't quite be suitable for the rest of the ride. The second half takes a slight minimalistic turn (production-wise), as the bright, warm synths make way for some more sombre sounding electro-sonics. Emcees Tom Scott & Lui Tuiasau share stories of jealousy issues (with their significant others), uncertainty of their chosen profession, and dreams of 'making it' in El Eh. By the end of the 47 minute showpiece you'll be questioning whether these guys really were a thing back in '84 (when this gem was released). If you're still craving for more or perhaps for something inspired by a different era/scene then give their 2015 debut EP Stream of Nonsenseness a spin.