THE MOUSE OUTFIT – ESCAPE MUSIC

Words: JOSH RAY
May 4, 2013

De La Soul’s Maseo recently branded current hip hop “redundant” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, arguing that everyone’s “just doing business” and “not really creating.” However, unbeknown to the ageing hip hop veteran, there’s a forward thinking Manchester collective going by the name of THE MOUSE OUTFIT, who are about to drop an […]


De La Soul’s Maseo recently branded current hip hop “redundant” in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, arguing that everyone’s “just doing business” and “not really creating.” However, unbeknown to the ageing hip hop veteran, there’s a forward thinking Manchester collective going by the name of THE MOUSE OUTFIT, who are about to drop an LP which will directly contradict this audacious claim.

Often described as the UK’s answer to Breakestra, their explosive live show seamlessly blends live funk, classic hip hop, original productions and b-boy breaks. The Manchester 9-piece have caught the attention of the country’s hip hop scene over the past three years by taking their sublime live show on a hectic touring schedule. Though they are suited to the more intimate surroundings of a club, the band have attested to the versatility of their sound by smashing festival stages across Europe; from Soundwave in Croatia to Boom Bap – the UK’s only hip hop festival – always leave a lasting impression on their audience.

After the success of their debut Check Your Pulse EP – released early last year – the band have decided to follow up with a full-length, 19-track LP which is set to be issued on the 20th May. Besides featuring the hard-hitting vocals of long-time collaborators Dr Syntax and Sparkz; The Mouse Outfit have drafted in a diverse new crop of gifted lyricists for Escape Music. Enter Manchester’s finest rap talent: Dubbul O and the Ape Cult crew’s Lyricalligraphy, Truthos Mufasa and Black Josh, rubbing shoulders with UK-wide rappers, Fox, Eat Good Records’ stalwart Kosyne and the outstanding Worldplay Magazine DJ, Sammy B-Side.

Aside from nurturing new vocal talent, the band have experimented with a variety of new sounds, as raucous ska sensibilities frequently meet wobbling, ragga bass. Texture is broadened further by additions like Got Me Thinkin, which explores the ethereal, futuristic harmony worthy of a Brainfeeder release, further highlighting the band’s fundamental creativity. As they did in last year’s EP, The Mouse Outfit make a few excursions into jazz also; from the dub-twinged lounge of Shake Out and Built in a Day through to the easy-going yet sorrowful horns of Over the Rocks . But never to abandon their funky roots, We Aint Going Nowhere and Never Get Enough show the band still have a soft spot for that infectious, Jurassic 5-inspired sound, which will undoubtedly destroy dance floors when the album is eventually toured.



Escape Music drops 20th May, 2013


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