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Not a group, but a movement. It’s high time we had a hip hop collective of note on these shores, and The Animators will do very nicely indeed. Bringing together MCs, producers and vocalists, they recall Jurassic 5 and the Wu-Tang Clan, as well as the more innocent days of rap. A high-minded bunch, misogyny, thug-headed boasting and gang culture are not for them. Instead, Mathman, Mango, Ricki Rawness, Russell Flow, Smokie J and Classquatch are pushing things forward with a positive approach. Which means nothing if you don't have the tunes to back it up. Luckily, they have plenty of bangers in (should that be up?) their arsenal. The misty-eyed Classquatch production ‘Those Were The Days’ employs the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble to arresting effect and is their first big statement. Keep your ears peeled for more, these guys have intent. And it’s all good.

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