Review: Muggs


DJ Muggs is legendary as a producer for Cypress Hill, but do not put this on looking for phat beats about fat blunts. There is a downbeat, atmospheric beauty that is more like Joy Division crossed with The Smiths crossed with Black Sabbath all reduced to the bare essentials than radical hip-hop. The fourteen-track album, excellently produced (of course) features such tracks as “Rain”, perfect for rainy day self pity and reprised by a children’s choir. Moody strings and shimmering cymbals are more of the timbre-colors on the palette of that master sound painter who turn out to be mad about sad. Fans of serious trip-hop and the late, late, late show will enjoy the beautiful gloom of this album, dimly lit and dressed in black.