There’s something of a drastic lack of fun, and with it frivolity innately located within contemporary hip hop which, when you gaze back retrospectively over the genre’s mischievous previous, is ever so slightly disheartening. Though reinserting some of that same impishness of yore is Vancouver’s Blac Hollywood, aka Cephas Munga, whose freebie Kids With Crowns EP pairs up a more elate and electronica-flecked take on the so-called chillwave of Toro Y Moi et al. with that same playfulness to have propelled Edinburgh’s Young Fathers to a starker prominence in recent times. All nifty scratches and creeping, if ultimately suppressed euphoria Journey Pt1 is a clubby banger meaty as Manhattan’s Gansevoort Street.
Though it’s its second part – a slick redux of its predecessor and Munga’s EP opener – which really clasps the proverbial crumble, as a more intense electro knit is nimbly interwoven within. So much so that it’s almost as though it carries resonances of Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory’s Elements Of Light. Which of course can only be taken as a supremely positive thing.