Spooks

S.I.O.S.O.S., Vol. 1

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S.I.O.S.O.S. (Spooks Is on Some Other Sh*t) is an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, hip-hop, and neo-soul, and it's also not that good. Spooks are comprised of four gruff, male MCs and female singer Ming Xia, but five is truly a crowd and often the arrangements are so cluttered that the vocalists trip over themselves and interrupt each other like overeager grade-schoolers. The first single, "Things I've Seen," does have a nice hook propelled by the jazzy vocals of Xia, but overall the record attempts to take on too much and suffers for it.

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