If you’re only going to download one mixtape today, please make it this one: KREAM2: The Purple Kicks from the Freshco & Miz of Halifax, Ambition & Uncle Fester. Of course I’m being facetious there, the internet is your mixtape-containing oyster, so by all means, harvest away, but please make sure KREAM 2 is included.

I loved the original incarnation of Kicks Rule Everything Around Me, so I was looking forward to the 2nd edition, but somehow I missed it’s original release in December and I’m only getting around to posting it up some 4 or 5 weeks later. No matter, it’s great and you should hear it. Ambition sounds smoother & more confident, and on the beats end, Young Fes has skilfully combed his crates for 12″ instrumentals that consistently knock the hardest. Plus there’s the requisite amount of ginsu slicing and dicing from Fes on the decks. The whole modern-throwback sound of the mix suits Ambition’s baritone delivery perfect - like a custom made pair of Foamposites.

The other thing I love is how finely crafted this mix feels. The guests are kept to a minimum (6 songs out of the 19 have features, which is incredible restraint by current day mixtape standards), and those that do make an appearance (Timbuktu, Relic, Frankie D, Brandon Dramatic & Ghettosocks) all make a positive contribution to their respective songs. Each song has samples & sound effects spliced into it to go along with it’s title or theme, and not only that, but when you fire up the downloaded mix on your iphonepod device, you’ll get different artwork for each song. That may be a little thing to some, but it conveys an attention to detail that most dudes slapping a “mixtape” up on the internet usually wouldn’t bother with.

Enough waffle from me though, go and get KREAM 2, and put yourself in a Purple Tape state of mind with this excellent dose of hard-hittin’ Haltown hip hop.

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MP3:: UncleFester & Ambition - Goin’ Back feat. Timbuktu

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MP3:: UncleFester & Ambition - Don’t Worry feat Relic
WEB:: kream.bandcamp.com