I got this the other week, but just got round to listening to it. I’m referring to Chocolate Swim, a mix presented by Adult Swim and Chocolate Industries. Essentially it is a series of hip-hop tracks, but some tracks are remixes, and it is worth mentioning that what we have here is really several angles on hip-hop – we have; grime, ragga/dancehall, club, and old skool, sounds on offer. It wont be to everyone’s tastes, but I’d ask you to give it a listen and try to maintain an open mind.
It’s just one long continuous 24 minute long mp3, tagged as being by “Various Artists”, and now I shall unmask the identities of these “Various Artists”; Kovas, Lady Sovereign, Ghislain Poirier, Mos Def, Diverse, Vast Aire, and MF DOOM. You can download it for yourself directly at this link or by visiting this page on the Adult Swim site. This is the most recent in a line of downloads that Adult Swim have been offering lately – the last one being the DangerDoom EP I spoke about the other month.
As I mentioned previously, some of the tracks on this e-release are remixes, which always makes it more interesting. The first track is Up In Here by Kovas, not an artist I am familiar with, but it’s definitely a banger, a hip-hop track in a sort of Aesop Rock vein, but perhaps more of a club type track – if you know what I mean. Next is Hoodie by Lady Sovereign – I’ve got nothing against our little chav friend, but I’m not her biggest fan. However this Spank Rock remix is rather good, and as such… I rather enjoyed it. A Kut Masta Kurt remix of Mos Def’s Wylin Out (feat. Diverse) is up next, it’s a wicked track, really rocking the bangra beats, smooth as you like and full of eastern promise! Then it’s on to the DJ Mitsu remix of Aint Right by Diverse, a nice laid back hip-hop track with typical flowing lyrics from Diverse. Mic Diplomat by Ghislain Poirier feat DJ Collage is the next track. This has real dirty beats and a bit of a dancehall feel to it – pretty cool track by all accounts. Lastly is the Edan remix of Super Friendz by Vast Aire feat MF DOOM. You probably know all about these three chaps, but now you get to hear what it sounds like when they’re all involved with the same track. The results are good – you can hear typical traits from each of the fellas, typical vocals from Vast and DOOM and typical sounds from Edan, I don’t really have a bad word to say.
I did however mention that this wouldn’t be for everyone, at a guess I would imagine fans of Def Jux and Stones Throw would probably appreciate this the most. I think it is fair play of Adult Swim and Chocolate Industries to release something like this – it shows they know the power of music via the internet. Whereas a lot of labels are still far more interested in keeping their stuff off the net, more and more are embracing it and using it to everybody’s advantage. More powah to the triple-W!