Brassmunk Push Up

Toronto crew Brassmunk have evidently been making moves, having hooked up with renowned indie hip-hop distributor Fat Beats for this release and securing a deal to have material distributed through EMI. And the three tracks on this twelve-inch demonstrate why. The arresting beat of "Push Up" allows Brassmunk's MCs to purvey their patented bob and weave style, one where the mic is passed frequently. With Brassmunk, the emphasis is on delivery, and with their flows being so energetic that they provide their own echoes, the vibe is infectious. The quirky "Get Right" is another track sure to combat short attention spans, with topics and flows changing constantly. The pace drops a few levels for "Subterranean," a freewheeling slow roller with Kardinal Offishall. Based on the evidence here, the chemistry between MCs and the taut, funky beats of Agile are becoming increasingly distinctive, a factor that can only work in their favour as they prepare for higher profile releases. (Heavy Heads)