Spooks : Things I've Seen

Hey, go solo now, OK?

After perhaps the best year in a decade for hip-hop, 2001 begins with a whimper, as sappy organic rap types Spooks drop this gently soulful moment from their disappointing 'SIOSOS Volume 1' album. With its uninspired live breakbeats and sickly Hawaiian guitar, it would hardly be worth checking were it not for Ming-Xia's gorgeous vocals, which lift the tune out of the doldrums and onto a level closer to 'Fugee-La'. It's a beautiful performance, heartbreakingly fragile and massively assured all at once, and deserves a better backing track than the one provided by Mr Booka-T et al. Hey, go solo now, OK?

Christian Ward

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