Gamma Permanament

Paul Gilroy's groundbreaking text, The Black Atlantic, posits a compelling theory of the exchange of cultural ideas across the Diaspora as instrumental in black cultural production. Music was an integral part of Gilroy's argument and Ebu, Aleem Juice and Lad Redeem of Gamma clearly agree, going as far as to brand themselves Black Atlantians. With the trio's origins stemming from the Caribbean, U.S., Canada and the UK, and their flows tapping Five Percent Nation philosophies, West Indian patois and English slang, Gamma are manifestations of Gilroy's thesis. Their stark, murky and often foreboding beats, however, are an acquired taste and at times drag the proceedings. The unadorned beats spring to life with added elements, such as intriguing vocals on "Drunken Dreams." But ultimately it's the MCs who maintain the attention and undeniably compelling narratives, like "Filter 731," expressing the alienation and frustration of being black in the UK. (Ninja Tune)