After a 4-year gap, the big man from Carlisle is back with this heater of a solo release on eatmybeat. Hypho is a producer who needs little introduction. You've likely seen him play or heard his music supported at every major festival and radio station in the UK. Having recently released on labels to include Encrypted Audio, Swamp81, Miracle Drug Recordings, CNCPT Recordings, Left Right & Centre and of course his own imprint Manuka, safe to say man like Hypho has been killing it. He returns to the home of his first vinyl release, bringing you 'Respek the History'. It pays homage to where his style of production came from whilst making a firm mark in the current timeline; one to respect for the future history.
Inbound sees Hypho team up with one of our favourite MC's, the Pidgin rap king and pioneer of that sound in UK bass, grime and UK-based MC culture. The track, entitled 'Flava' is a straight banger, with a 4x4-esque style drawing influence from garage/2-step, flipped and stamped with that signature Hypho bass. Magugu merks the vocal on this one (as always!) patterning references to his African heritage, 2000's club culture and even one or two retro comic book throwbacks.
'Hidden' is the bridging track on this EP, coming with a unique, off-kilter arrangement and a hypnotic synth line, yet still creating an effortless groove. Low-slung UK techno business on this one and unmistakeably a Hypho track - I mean, who makes beats this gully??? The homie from NYC Doctor Jeeps delivers a stomper of a remix which switches styles between grime, breaks and half time - comfortable played anywhere between 140 and 160 BPM.
The final track on the release sees another linkup from the killer combo Hypho x Rakjay and as expected they fail to disappoint. This one is a percy, certified insta-wheel business - you know you're in for something big as soon as you hear the spacious and celestial sounding intro, both enticing and spooky simultaneously. Rakjay drops 10 kilo tonnes of weight with his vocal, showering the riddim with all sorts of lyrical flows and big mic man tones. Everything you would expect from the BeatBoss champ.