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Constructions Tape: A Visual Hip-Hop Treat From UK

The UK trio of We’ll See, Treece and producer Hyro–collectively known as SWMS–started 2017 off with an exciting new project, Constructions Tape. The 11 track project is packed with lo-fi hip-hop goodness, grimy underground production (with a few exceptions like “La tristesse durera toujours” and “SNES CD”), and a whole lot of bars. They also take it a step further, with a visual version of the album; reminiscent of infamous visual albums like Streets Is Watching–albeit with less of a linear story line.

A year’s worth of blood sweat and tears, the project is a fantastic dig among the sea of stuff floating the net. Records like the eerie sounding “D13 KRU” have an aesthetic that could have dropped from a dubbed Stretch & Bob tape from ’95, while the trappish vibe of “SNES-CD” and the “Interlude” provide a contemporary feel.

While there is an obvious 90s East Coast hip-hop influence here, Constructions Tape remains fresh–and incredibly polished. It isn’t rushed and doesn’t conform to what’s “popping” which gives it more of a timeless appeal. A bit of poking around, and you’ll find these guys have a ton of material out there. This is a dope project, though. Give it a spin and tell a friend–you’re welcome!

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Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns