Title: Phase II
Format: 12″ vinyl
Label: Flora & Fauna
|A1||Back To Burn|
|B2||Sky’s the Limit|
Just as Hip Hop was a love letter to drum machine rap, spraycan art and rocking, Phase II is a homage to and continuation of an era when hip hop was laser sharp business. The name is a giveaway and double entendre; more of the same albeit on a higher level, and a nod to that aerosol hero Phase 2 a.k.a. Michael Lawrence Marrow (1955 – 2019, RIP). And from beginning to end the tracks evoke angles, layers, arrows, tags, flows and rhythm.
It’s like a black book instruction for writers in a form of a soundtrack for pieces soon to be made, and on every other tune Savio steers straight for the dancefloor and taking no prisoners on the way there – this is as heavy as if some pristine Jonzun Crew or Maggotron beats had been bottled up for decades, aged like wine and let out the bottle like a genie. This one will go straight to the heart of true school hip hop heads, this is for the beat freaks, b-boys and fly girls. Catch it while you can!
/Nathan “Nasty Nate” Hamelberg, hip hop custodian.