Hoverock Records blesses us with an incredible EP featuring an equally impressive emcee in PFM. Lyrically we all know what PFM brings to the table. He was heavily featured in the “Kite Crucifix Beyond” compilation released in 2005. Along with PFM is the production wizardry of DJ Manipulator (who strikingly resembles Large Professor).
More than just a remix album, “K.U.” is a glimpse into the future of both artists as well as the Hoverock label. “Kill Ugly” is the perfect blend of technology and magic. To say this EP sounds like a Def Jux release is more than just a flattering comparison. In other words, it’s similarly creative, pioneering and new.
The first track “Welcome to Kill Ugly Remix” gives a short glimpse of what is to come. But, the album really kicks starts with the song “Children with Weapons (12 Gauge Remix)” which, contains clusters of mechanics lyrically and audibly. The beat sounds like something from the Blade Runner soundtrack while PFM succeeds in giving us some serious wordplay. Trading verses with PFM is cohort TSE in “Don’t Say Shit” where neither emcee really outshines the other, as they seem to spit with relative ease and skill. Here we’re blessed with another gem from DJ Manipulator. The hard beat once more is very nice, with some mechanical elements being added along with some sick scratches.
Not everything is on the rugged tip though as evident on the next two tracks. PFM spits beautiful lyrics in “Parade Monster (Change Remix)” that vary from straight up ill spitting to extreme consciousness. Manipulator drops some mid 90’s flavor while again, offering one of the best beats on here. On the love related, “Evollutional Kaos (Loverock Remix)”, PFM gets introspective and personal on relationship issues. This track mixes some atmospheric vibes with dramatic orchestration while the emcee dispels his thoughts with conviction.
Things progress on the more standard hip hop tip on “Ubu Roi (Creepy Crawler Remix)”, that’s chock full of braggadocio verses while digging deeper into the albums many hidden gems. Iron Ora makes an appearance when he hooks up for “Venus Fly Trapeze Artists”. The power is not absent from the lyrics, as PFM & Ora rip ill lines with the precision of a…trapeze artist. All this comes to an end with the equally sick “Trash Compactor (Bad Kids Remix)”.
On “Kill Ugly” you get everything from conscious tracks, like on “Children with Weapons (12 Gauge Remix)” to love related rhymes on “Evollutional Kaos (Loverock Remix)” along with true jewels heard elsewhere. As I stated earlier, PFM is more than just a competent emcee. He remains meaningful when flying solo and just as skilled when sharing the microphone with others. In all, the lyrics are gritty, but not overbearing; the beats are rugged, but musical which allows everything to connect at just the right time. In all honesty, you will play this album in its entirety over and over and marvel at the dopeness that has just blessed your ears. Please show support by visiting http://www.hoverock.com/index.html or http://www.myspace.com/hoverockrecords Thanks CyPhEr777