DJ Format & Abdominal - 'Still Hungry'

9/10

The irresistible combination of DJ Format and Abdominal goes back as far as each of their careers. After famously working together on Format's debut album 'Music For The Mature B-boy' for the hit singles 'The Hit Song' and 'Ill Culinary Behaviour', the pair have been almost inseparable ever since. Yet despite numerous collaborations over the years, 'Still Hungry' marks the duo's first joint full-length release and just as fans would expect, it is filled the tongue-in-cheek wit and eclectic production they are both known for.

Despite the fact that their brand of hip-hop may not be the most contemporary, the quality and energy within their sound is palpable from start to finish. Mixing swing rhythms, break beats and those classic wind-instrumented samples, 'Still Hungry' shows itself as a positive beacon of light that shows all the new kids exactly want made the hip-hop genre such a formidable force in its initial years.

And with this record arriving mere months after the returning of A Tribe Called Quest's latest release, it is clear that there is still an unquenchable thirst for the genre's retro influences in this modern era. While the duo have no permanent plans to become a two-piece, this release is a perfect example of the chemistry and creative inspiration they both give each other, resulting in a truly brilliant venture.

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