Written by Luke Alex Davis 11:05 am Hip Hop, Jazz

Sumochief – 1of1

Sumochief - 1of1

UK hip hop band Sumochief release “1of1” ahead of their latest EP “Sumobeats” out on 28th June.

Jazz’s harmony with hip hop laid the foundations for a golden age back in the early 90s and it’s a joy to hear that relationship continue into an era of predominately electronic-based styles (and not even close to the early days of electro). The guys pushing that agenda this side of the Atlantic is Sumochief, formerly Yancey Boys (not to be confused with Illa J and Frank Nitt).

1of1 is taken from Sumochief’s upcoming EP “Sumobeats”, out on 28th June, and sees the four-piece traverse the paths of jazz rhythm alongside Dilla soundbites, in keeping with their primary inspiration. The variation in composition and style – from the jazz guitar sounds of Wes Montgomery and George Benson to the loose drumming of Questlove, Chris Dave and J Dilla – make this more than just your bog standard UK hip hop number.

Stream it below.