A contemporary of fellow underground hip-hoppers Zion I and Crown City Rockers, Bay Area crew Psychokinetics has been rocking stages and dropping eclectic sounds for a solid decade. Filled with guest spots from members of those outfits and other luminaries, the group's sophomore full-length forgoes past experiments with drum 'n' bass and downtempo to embrace more straightforward beats while retaining a sense of adventurousness. After the electro thump of opening dance-floor affirmation "Feeldismusik," MCs Spidey and Celsius 7 thread together cerebral battle rhymes, social commentary, and soul-searching introspection over several tunes with a late-night, freestyle-cipher vibe. The album's energy level spikes midway through with "Approach," a track that creatively grafts the opening guitar from AC/DC's "For Those About to Rock" onto a pulsing keyboard bass line and the rappers' infectious, singsong delivery. Principal producers DJ Denizen and the Vapor Child maintain the momentum through the funk-laced beats of "Disky Refund," but it's the MCs' vivid storytelling and self-deprecating pickup-line duel on the equally bumping "Done" that makes for entertaining repeat listens. Even if things get too sensitive and syrupy on the confessional closer,... More >>>