Tachichi & Moves Booze Brothers

Guess what the big focus on this album is? For the follow-up to their Truth of the Trade LP and Suicidal Soul EP, the duo of Tachichi & Moves offers up their fare share of odes to their favourite refreshment, but they also take some time out to serve MCs, give lectures on proper hip-hop behaviour, drop props on their northern homeland of Canada and enjoy the opposite sex, too. On "Airplane," Tachichi raps, "On Saturday we sat around daydreaming, thinking me and Moves, we're the same." And he may be right; Tachichi fits best over a DJ Moves beat, never sounding better than he does here. Sure, T may tear up Gordski's beat for "Ty McFly" (the only track not produced by Moves and also the most likely to find high radio rotation, thanks in part to the crooning of Kaleb Simmonds), but it's DJ Moves's quirky, up-tempo productions based on a hard skeleton of well thought-out drums that best suit Tachichi's Tommy gun vocals. This is a volatile mix that can get you hype in a minute, but also benefits from repeat spins to fully absorb. Plus, there are some nice concepts. Governor Bolts and Birdapres join T and Moves to pay tribute to their respective hometowns on "100% Canadian," while "Sea World" takes a sexual trip to "what the 'c' stands for" and on that song's intro ("Sin"), a more mature Tachichi battles his misogynist Sic Sex Ed alter ego. Then there's the actual best posse cut you ever heard (sorry, Abs & Fase) found in "Spontanious 2," featuring 13 of the craziest verses by some of the best Canucks in the underground, including Buck 65, Governor Bolts, Mindbender, Gordski (of the Goods) and Vice Magazine's Fritz the Cat. Booze Brothers has too many favourites to list without rewriting the play list, but take it for granted that this album should be in everyone's collection. (Peanuts & Corn)