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Hus Kingpin & Smoovth

Colours Of A Butterfly

Lowtech Records
The label's Austrian but the duo are from Hempstead, Long Island, and they paid blazing tribute to Prodigy's classic 'HNIC' set with their own 'Hempstead Niggas In Charge' album in November last year. Similar to Westside Gunn, Conway and the whole Griselda gang in that they're reanimating '90s East Coast tropes and sounds, but a whole lot less harsh, more subtle, more measured. 'Colours Of A Butterfly' is for me the highlight, a strange almost Turkish psyche-groove over which little is added bar HK and Smoovth's compelling rhymes of bereavement and hopelessness. Essential.