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Friday, May 17, 2019

Undergrowth - A Drink of Air (2002)

Last week I posted, in several installments, my complete Sandpeople CD collection on IG. One CD in particular got me a handful of inquiring DMs - Undergrowth's "A Drink of Air" from 2002.

"A Drink of Air" was a very independent project put together by head Sandpeople founder Mo-B, then going by 1770-8 (though this predates the formation of the Sandpeople by a couple years.) The album is essentially a compilation featuring various Northwest names, though "Undergrowth" is the name given to the general grouping of artists involved.

The sound is very lo-fi overall, though this doesn't take away from the album too much. I believe the majority of the production is provided courtesy of Mo-B himself. It's pretty much what you'd expect from 2000s NW underground Hip Hop - darker yet also melodic beats. The rapping is gritty but also experimental and often abstract. Features include Uziah, Flavordisk, Mako, Sulfur, Snafu, Pale Soul, Dialek, Goldini Bagwell, and various others. 

The album isn't the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer, but it's certainly worth checking out, especially if you enjoy the Northwest sound and/or are curious to hear how many of the Oldominion/Sandpeople guys sounded early on. Peep below! 

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