Review: Chimpo – Monkey Teef (+ mixtape stream)
Manchester’s mightiest monkey man, Chimpo, has announced the release of his free mixtape on 28th November via Toddla T’s label Girls Music. In the meantime it is available for stream via Dazed Digital, with artwork from world renowned street artist Kid Acne. A mixtape of such variety its impossible to sum up, so here’s a quick run through of each track (without the skits).
There will be a launch party at London’s Somerset House on 28th of November called ‘Chimpo On Ice’ – Grab tickets here!
1. Monkey Teef Intro
Chimpo hosts a disclaimer for the mixtape, and gives his opinions on fundamental issues affecting society and humanity right now, spreading a message that seems to be echoed from more and more people who object to what we can legitimately call our corrupt political system.
2. Hype Kids
The starting vocals for the legendary ‘Rhythm & Gash’ echo in above tempo over a haunting piano loop and a smooth hip hop beat in a style reminiscent of his bootleg of ‘deep house’ anthem ‘Jack’. He MCs over the top, his hard flow and rhymes complimenting the instrumental perfectly.
3. Buss it Up feat. Dub Phizix & Trigga
Chimpo links up with Trigga, their previous being the enormous ‘Drama’, and world class producer Dub Phizix for a dancefloor scorcher complete with distorted samples and Dub Phizix’s signature off-the-wall percussion.
5. Champion Sound” feat. Fox & Serocee
Pure dance fire in this link up with dancehall artist Serocee and one of the UK’s current finest MCs, Fox. A mixture of dancehall, grime and reggae that Fox seems to be making his own (see his recent link up with Red Eye Hifi), ‘Champion Sound’ shows that Chimpo’s roots run deep, both musically and socially.
6. Gun Teeth Request Line feat. Suku Ward 21
Suku from Kingston Dancehall group Ward 21 provides the bars on this deep, moody track that comes in surprisingly hard and is over just as unexpectedly. Another glimpse into the depths of Chimpo’s musical scope.
7. Wha Dem Do feat. Footsie, Strategy & Big Narstie
Remixing Mavado’s ‘Wah Dem A Do’ into a dirt grime/trap instrumental, the classic vocal is set against grime bars from Newham Gens mastermind Footsie, Salford’s finest Strategy and Brixton’s Big Narstie for a monster of a track. One of the highlights of the mixtape (Strategy’s opening bars being a personal favourite), it makes you wonder why divides in the UK scene still exist and why there aren’t more Southern/Northern link ups.
8. And it’s Tee feat. Terminator
A link up with grime MC Terminator, whose hard, sparse bars fall perfectly over a disgusting instrumental that’s style takes elements from classics by Kahn & Neek spliced with a hip hop inspired madness that’s undeniably Chimpo.
9. War Cry
A minor piano loop, echoing samples and Chimpo’s ruthless flow and bars make for a gem of a track that sounds tainted by the paranormal.
11. Know Me Ft. Rolla & Slay
Potentially the craziest instrumental of the lot, Manchester’s own ‘Mayor of Whalley Range’ Rolla and ‘Manchester Man’ Slay are solid MCing over huge bass hits and metallic percussion.
12. Your Time
Pure rave fodder, an irresistible beat fluctuates and changes for maximum impact. A must for ravers and anyone who’s ever wanted Chimpo as a dance coach.
13. All Thru the Night feat. Jenna G
Chimpo shows his softer side in this R&B inspired track featuring Jenna G; one of dance music’s favourite genre-jumping vocal talents. Tinged with madness like the rest, its not your typical romance track.
14. Relatively Speakin’ feat. DRS
Another highlight of the mixtape, the style is completely switched to a more natural sounding hip hop instrumental that provides the perfect foundation for one of Manchester’s best, DRS, to sing and rhyme over, both of which he smacks out the park. A must hear.
15. Blow ya Whistle feat. Trigga & Black Josh
Thinking you’re done with the surprises, Chimpo comes up with this chip tune inspired hip hop beat to remind you why he’s unlike any other producer in the UK. Trigga returns for MCing duty, along with one of UK hip hop’s most underrated, Black Josh.
16. Movement Stiff feat. Chunky & Rolla
Heavyweight bass line and reggae-inspired guitar combine for another big track featuring Rolla as well as Swamp-81’s multi-talented resident, Chunky.
17. Come off it feat. Free Wize Men & Chuckz
Chimpo returns to more familiar territory with this brutal dubstep instrumental providing the base for young MCing stars Free Wize Men and Hit & Run resident Chuckz.
18. Toddla T x Jammer x Danny Weed – I Don’t Wanna Hear That (Remix Ft. Fallacy, T-man, Slick Don & Skittles)
Chimpo gives MCs north of London a go on his refix of the combo effort ‘I Don’t Wanna Hear That’, a track that was crying out for re-vocalling. Birmingham’s best Slick Don and Sleepin Giantz’s multi-talented Fallacy tear the track up along with Manchester’s aces up its sleeve, T-Man and Skittles.
‘Monkey Teef’ is set for release on Toddla T’s Girls Music label on November 28. He will be having a launch party at Somerset House on the 28th November called ‘Chimpo On Ice’ – http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/ice-rink/club-nights
Stream it here: