Going lone wolf is all well and good, but sometimes a collective is the way forward – Wu Tang, Odd Future, Soulquarians, the list goes on. There’s nothing like being part of something that makes everyone stronger, and that’s why this week we’re featuring Mud in our Music We Love.
Mud is a collective of artists from my very own hometown of Leicester in the UK, with recent additions from further afield and even overseas. We Are Mud Volume 4 is a collection of some of the latest work from the artists involved, and the wide range of styles, all hinging around a central hip hop component, is perhaps their strongest yet.
The flow of the LP drifts nicely from golden era sounding boom bap through to filter funk hip hop before settling into some sumptuous post-Dilla sounding bass and wonky drums. The Willie Hutch sampling Brothers, featuring Riggs, Tony le Tigre and Emilio MSW, is a great example of what Mud does very well; combining classic hip hop samples with spacey, european sounding electronica and sprinklings of a grungy, new millennium beats scene aesthetic (with the added bonus of, after the LP had finished, inspiring me to play Jaheim’s Looking For Love with my morning coffee and banana).
Download and enjoy…