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Universal Soldiers - My Life Is Like A Movie 12" [Tonguetied Records]
Universal Soldiers
Universal Soldiers - Tongue Tied Records
Universal Soldiers
Universal Soldiers are building up to the release of their LP with this tremendous new 12". It is a two track 12" which features all of the usual lyrical play that you would expect from Ultra and Ricochet. The tales are dark and consist of the details of shottin on road and the general harsh realities of life straight up from the belly. These guys epitomise hard work building everything for themselves - that DIY ethic.

Both tracks cover similar topics which is basically what these guys live day to day. The first track's title My Life Is Like A Movie tells you just that. The screenplay, if you like, could be a chronological tale. Starting out describing their dreams of making it big and then describing how they go about getting there, firstly by taking hold of their manor and telling us about all their nefarious methods to build the funds to get the label going. Some aspects of their lives may seem larger than life, but when you are repping as hard as these guys do you know that what they are saying comes from the heart. Of course anything can be dressed up as a story, but to deliver such insight and still have flows which fit in between dope rhymes shows a level of skill which leaves me baffled as to why these guys aren't held up as examples of depth and competency that all other MCs would do well to live up to. Their raps are delivered effortlessly and with panache. The two sound different from each other and interact well, but not only that they have a great deal of personality and charisma which does come over on wax. The production is handled by A H fly who has proved himself to be quite tasty in the past and the beats he has cooked up for this are right up my street as well. My Life Is Like A Movie is really down beat and suitably depressed to fit the theme of the track. A heavy piano bass and one twanging sound make up most of the bare track. The drums are heavy, crunchy and filled out by some muted cow bells or what could be some pots and pans. Again to match the theme of the track the chorus is suitably cinematic with its broad sweep of strings and child's voice.

The two tacks on this are similar and are of a more classic style of Hip Hop, this is what I want rather than something that is a hybrid cross with Garage or Dance music. Undiluted is just that, A H Fly's beat is simple again and without the MCs would go on a bit, but the heavy drums and looped electro-organ is sublime for MCs to get busy over. There is a key change in the synth which drops nicely and the way the synth is looped up gives the track an off beat feeling which allows for the MCs to ride the rhythm with some far from average patterns. There is no real chorus break in this track and for a large portion Ric and Ultra go back and forth every few lines rather than taking on long verses then swapping over. If this technique is done well it sounds fantastic. I don't need to tell you that with the experience of each other that these guys have that they do it well. Both MCs drop a lot of slang and I could see that talk of straps and stuff could make this seem inaccessible to people that don't speak like that, but for me hearing people chat how they would in real life is interesting and more than that necessary.

Once again the whole project has been Mixed by Evil Ed and therefore has a fat sound quality. The cover, again is designed by Danny Tee is black and white, the front featuring a shot of their tools of the trade, the back a moody shot of the guys themselves. Distribution is by Disorda's fledgling Boombox so it will be interesting to see how widespread the availability will be.

With an LP ready to drop and hopefully a more stable footing from which to launch off from could 2004 be the year when Ric and Ultra take it to the next level? Well they certainly have the material to rock heads, but maybe they are just too underground for many people to accept them. I for one don't see why they can't do it. If MOP can be popular with their lyrical content, then that shouldn't stop these boys either. Still whatever happens they are going to gain extra recognition and oodles of respect.
 

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