Beans

Tomorrow Right Now

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The first release from an Antipop Consortium member following the dissolution of the group, Tomorrow Right Now is a catchy but challenging mix of Beans' almost academic flow and crisp, unlikely samples and electronics. "Phreek the Beat" crosses reggae with simple loops for a disarmingly lo-fi groove; "Mearle" employs ominous drones and freaked-out vocals that are closest to DJ Shadow on his masterpiece Endtroducing; "Crave" is a banger that joyfully pushes the limits with a straight-up rap and beatbox, and "Hot Venom" layers old-school rhymes over tricked out sounds straight out of Aphex Twin and Autechre. With Tomorrow Right Now, Beans proves to be the perfect hip hop artist for Warp Records. Though he's never as instantaneously gratifying as the Streets, the Roots, or Jurassic 5, his efforts to continually defy convention in both production and lyrics -- simultaneously looking forward to electronics and back to days of good rhymes, talent and passion -- make for a rewarding, maybe even educational, listen.

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