Quakers - Quakers

Quakers - Quakers
Styles: Left-Field Hip-Hop, Underground Rap
Recording Location: M2 Studios
Genre: Rap
Album: Quakers
Release Date: March 26, 2012
Artist: Quakers
Duration: 02:18:57

Quakers might be named after seismic shifts, but their self-titled debut album is more like an explosion. A double-disc set featuring lots of producers, lots of emcees, and lots of tracks, it could be overwhelming, but the shared vision of everyone involved makes it a triumph. Going by the alias Fuzzface, Portishead's Geoff Barrow's fondness for hip-hop has long been evident in his work, but this is his first overtly rap project. Fortunately, he's in good company, with his Invada Records cohorts 7-Stu-7 (aka Portishead's engineer) and Katalyst (an Australian hip-hop producer Barrow befriended in 1999). The trio lays down an inventive but not invasive backdrop for the album's legion of rappers, which ranges from Prince Po and the Pharcyde's Booty Brown to Dead Prez to Aloe Blacc and Guilty Simpson, as well as newcomers like Jonwayne. Despite the amount of heavy hitters here, the highlights are remarkably and admirably spread throughout the crew: lead single "Fitta Happier" pits Simpson and M.E.D. against a marching band version of the Radiohead song; Tone Tank scores with the equally goofy and menacing "What Chew Want"; and Quite Nyce takes things in a darker direction with the lean, hard-hitting "Jobless," which is echoed by Krondon and General Steele's "I Like to Dance." Stone's Throw newcomer Dave Dub makes a name for himself with the aptly named "My Mantra," which is as hypnotic as it is wild, but one of Quakers' littlest-known emcees ends up making the biggest splash. Coin Locker Kid brings an urgency and fire to his rhymes that makes all three of his tracks, "Russia with Love," "The Beginning," and "Get Live" standouts.

Of course, since there's so much talent involved and the tracks are so short (Estee Nack's meditative "Lost and Found" is the longest at just over four minutes), the bright spots come at listeners thick and fast. Quakers is the kind of album where favorite tracks change from listen to listen, and a testament to hip-hop's enduring power.

Big CatQuakers feat: Synato Watts2:10
Fitta HappierQuakers feat: MED / Guilty Simpson2:41
SmokeQuakers feat: Jonwayne2:09
The LoQuakers0:41
Russia with LoveQuakers feat: Coin Locker Kid2:23
What Chew WantQuakers feat: Tone Tank2:22
JoblessQuakers feat: Quite Nyce1:46
SidewinderQuakers feat: Buff12:12
MummyQuakers feat: Diverse2:15
Belly of the BeastQuakers feat: Emilio Rojas1:22
Up the RoversQuakers1:15
The TurkQuakers feat: King Magnetic1:30
There It IsQuakers feat: The Champs2:04
I Like to DanceQuakers feat: Krondon / General Steele2:12
Dark CityQuakers feat: Frank Nitty1:17
The BeginningQuakers feat: Coin Locker Kid1:55
War DrumsQuakers feat: Phat Kat / Guilty Simpson2:29
R.A.I.D.Quakers feat: Lyric Jones1:34
Something BeautifulQuakers0:47
Chicken LiversQuakers feat: FC the Truth1:26
Rock My SoulQuakers feat: Prince Po1:31
Lost and FoundQuakers feat: Estee Nack4:03
My MantraQuakers feat: Dave Dub2:17
Hunnypots of BeeswaxQuakers0:26
TV DreamingQuakers feat: Booty Brown2:29
Don't Make It WorthlessQuakers0:49
Soul PowerQuakers feat: Dead Prez3:00
Get LiveQuakers feat: Coin Locker Kid2:24
Sign LanguageQuakers feat: Aloe Blacc2:15
Earth QuakingQuakers feat: Akil1:23
You're Gonne Be SorryQuakers0:45
OutlawQuakers feat: Deed1:50
The Tax ManQuakers feat: Sareem Poems1:39
Chucky BalboaQuakers feat: Silverust2:50
Oh GoodnessQuakers feat: Finale1:54

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