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Diversion Tactics ft. HUG - Complexity Kills EP [Zebra Traffic Records]
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Diversion Tactics| - HUG
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Coming on the back of their debut LP - Pubs, Drunks and Hip Hip the production half of the Diversion Tactics crew are back with a slamming 12" which features the lyrics of HUG, (a member of the Old Maid Billionaires crew alongside J-Zone and Al Shid). I have no idea how the hook up came about, but the Old Maid Billionaires previous laid stuff down for the Dollars & Pence track. For his first solo release the US rapper has chosen to team up with some of the UK underground's best beat purveyors and together they have come up with something quite nice.

The opening track is the one that does it the most for me. Complexity Kills is produced by Dr. Zygote and has a simple heavily reverbed bell tone melody which is mirrored by the accoustic bass. The beat is simple and all together gives HUG room to breathe. HUG rides the rhythm perfectly and doesn't shy away from tackling some of today's most controversial and thorny political topics. Starting in 1996 with the first attempt on the World Trade Center he breaks down the history that is there for all to examine. As with the PLC releases, Zebra Traffic is proving it will allow maximum artist freedom to express what they like, regardless of the effect this could have with regard to airplay and possible negative attention from the powers that be. 

My Sound System opens with a description of a sound system that goes on for miles, and is described as a monster. Hug describes the power of his sound system and how wobbles knees has production from the other half af the Diversion Tactics production duo - Jazz T. Again the drums are nice and acoustic sounding. The snare is a nice rimshot and there are some shuffles in there too. The music is again sparse and quite simplistic, but it works in conjunction with the MC.

The final track has a third producer composing the backing. Optiv works up some big bass stabs and a jerky re working of the Funky Drummer drum pattern to arrange a more bouncy track than the previous two. Where track one gave you the straight up facts, track two could have been a metaphor, and track three Inside Job, is more all over the place. Throughout the cuts are by Zygote and Jazz T. As well as HUG, Squeaky Da Rixter delivers additional vocals here.

On the flip we are presented with the radio version of Complexity Kills and instrumentals, of all the tracks, to complete what is a very professional sounding EP. All the tracks have fat mastering and maybe by featuring an American will both be more accessible over here and in the US. There have been a few recent collaborations with US MCs and UK producers, starting with Harry Love & J-Zones collaboration though to Joe Buhdha's Freestyle Frenzy and with the quality these are producing I would expect more in the future which can only be a good thing. I'm informed that Dr. Zygote and Jazz T have been joined in the studio by the other Diversion Tactics members, the Chubby Alcoholic and Squeaky for more material to be released on Zebra Traffic later in the year. Cop this and be sure to look out for the next Diversion Tactics stuff. 

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