Category Archives: Reviews

Humble Pious : Nam Kyo

It’s been a while since I reviewed ‘The Crow’ which featured the collective efforts of the Kojak Brothers (Humble Pious being amongst them) and despite my less than glowing opinions at the time I still find myself sticking it on from time to time because, doubts aside, there was some good stuff there beyond the predictably solid beats from Mr Loop (quick recommendation for ‘Hunger Pains’, stand out track from the album and paen to the stoner reality). Continue reading Humble Pious : Nam Kyo


Mr Loop & Mark from the Zoo : ZooLoop

There are plenty of good producers floating around out there, throw a metaphorical brick around these parts and you’re almost guaranteed to hear it bouncing catchily off of an instrumental album which at the very least is decent. Mr Loop, however, is amongst the best and not just because his sampled style genuinely rings out as smart, intricate and interesting regardless of the lyrics laid over them.

The reason why there’s been a streak of top end releases like The Bury All, Music from the Tannhauser Gate and The Crow isn’t just that Mr Loop’s good at what he does, although that certainly helps, it’s that unlike a whole army of aspiring producers out on the fringes, he actually finds and works with the right people. All the usual complaints about the artistry of the production being mired in cheap, lazy or clichéd flows are silenced when it comes to Mr Loop. Even where I’ve been less than stunned by the vocal contributions, as was the case on The Crow with the Kojak Brothers there’s still an awareness coming up from the beat of what works for the rapper and what doesn’t. Continue reading Mr Loop & Mark from the Zoo : ZooLoop


7 From the Abyss

During the process of digging through and re-posting all the reviews I did have backed up from Beat Lizard I’ve become acutely aware of the big gapping holes left by the ones I’ve lost. An unknown number of reviews, articles and features are unhappily now lost to the dark forests of electronic oblivion where I can only hope their spirits (for all lost writing has a soul – as any fool knows) have deftly avoided the shortbread house and instead found peace in a palace full of 72 virgin maids granted by the Almighty in deference to the good work they did in spreading the holy word of good music. And as is ever the way those of us left behind must keep up the good work with ever renewed vigor so, tears choked back and heart turned to ice, I’m going to give a brief fumbling seeing to to those albums I have loved enough to write about but which have been lost to the written archives of The Laikanist… Continue reading 7 From the Abyss