i first misread the title of Jimmy Flamante’s newest EP as “Hip Hop Beats Vol. 1,” which initially was kind of a shocker, and not the three fingered, good kind, either. Two tracks in, and i kept thinking, why is Flamante pigeonholing himself like this? These beats are much larger in scope and grandeur than simple hip hop beats. Then i learned how to read gooder, as these are indeed some of the hippest beats you’re going to hear all day.
Hip Beats Vol. 1 is a complex cauldron of stewed cosmic slop. Listen to that percolating percussion, and tell me it’s not bubbling. Sampling from numerous stews, Flamante has a bit of straight up funk here, some Eastern inflections there, and a touch of 70s sunshine all around. This is another one for the head nodders, no doubt. Jus’ Like Music, you’ve done it again.