Air Dubai

These songs sound like they've been percolating in the imaginations of Julian Thomas and Jon Shockness for years in terms of what would make for killer hip-hop songs. "Nevermind the Bollocks..." clearly references the Sex Pistols, but the music is reminiscent of the type of jazz-lounge appropriation employed by Protection-era Massive Attack, while "Warm Day in L.A." conjures a montage of sunset daydreams, and "Suicide Bomber" confronts American fears of the Muslim world by musically embodying those fears. The tracks here flow not just with deft lyrics, but also with intelligent observations and a rich frisson of artistic traditions. Fans of PM Dawn's particular fusion of R&B, jazz and hip-hop will appreciate how well Air Dubai integrates all of its sounds with perfect harmony.

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