The first track What D'ya Need is a great track which is produced by the Unsung Heroes, and it has their feel all over it. The track has a bounce inducing groove whipped up with the orchestral hits, double bass and oboes as well as xylophones or some other wooden sounding percussive instrument. The vocalist has a spoken style which is very laid back and is simply very fast, there isn't too much inflection in the delivery, or different flows, just lots of words. At first I thought it was muffled, or mumbled, but as I listened to it more I started picking out stuff and think that it is probably just the accent that I'm unused to. There is also the longer H.A.R.D. mix/Krash Slaughta which is much dirtier with the vocals severely distorted and placed lower in the mix. There is less groove or funk to this beat which is altogether darker and the most prominent features being the drum machine and cuts in the chorus and outro, which ends with a vocal sample, "I don't know what to say to you now, but if you make it through the night I'll find the words tomorrow". I would go for the Unsung Heroes mix because it is just much more funky and you can see the extra experience at recording and producing bringing up the first version.
On the AA side first up is the Skitzophonetic track, more urgent the deep chellos at the beginning of the bars pump energy, but the vocals which explore the rappers mental state and all the dreams that he can't share with you don't really compliment it, not subject matter wise, more delivery wise. Overall the production gives this a bit of a dated feel, and I keep thinking of JC 001 when I hear the rapper.
The final track
Resistance Is Futile has a real old British Hardcore feel, with its mix of
samples and the energy when it is all mixed together creates. Maybe this is
where the crew really want to be. Although this style has long been dead, there
seems to be a resurgence from Scotland and Switzerland of all places. It is raw
and grimy, this raucous sound was the original sound that drove UK Hip Hop when
it was at its peak in the early 90's. It is a toss up between this and the first
track to choose as my fave track off the EP, and that is for totally different
What D'ya Need it is because the Unsung Heroes bring an up to date sound and
a good clubby track and
Resistance Is Futile because it is the most unashamed recreation of the
sounds that permeated my late teens.