Penpushers - album review (3 stars)

Penpushers

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Poltergeeks (KFM)

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Shadowy Scottish rap pioneers Penpushers have been skulking around the hip-hop hinterland for a while now, but this third album is possibly their most mainstream outing yet, thanks in part to the occasional lush female vocal courtesy of one ‘Crazy Jane’. The backdrop for much of Poltergeeks is a familiar blend of lackadaisical beats and Boards of Canada-style wobbliness, which, combined with leftfield rapping and offbeat lyrical flow, brings to mind a slightly less inspired version of Clouddead. The quality of material here perhaps isn’t quite up there with their best stuff, but Penpushers remain talented outside contenders for Scotland’s hip hop crown.

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