Renowned crate digger, respected producer and talented DJ, Chris Read has been releasing and compiling music on BBE for some years, both as a solo artist and with electronic soul outfit Maylight. Created alongside Chicago rapper and vocalist Pugs Atomz, ‘Colours Of The World’, started life when the latter was in London recording and touring with BBE label- mate and mutual friend DJ Vadim’s group The Electric. Initially collaborating on just two tracks which were both featured on Chris Read’s 2015 retrospective ‘All Night’, the pair continued to work remotely after Pugs returned to his native Chicago, enlisting several guest vocalists and musicians from the area.
A true hip hop renaissance man, Pugs Atomz has travelled the world several times over, always making a big impression thanks to his energetic stage performances, forward-thinking attitude and highly relatable lyrics. Mix-tape maestro and curator at whosampled.com, Chris Read’s beat-making credentials simply cannot be overstated. ‘Colours Of The World’ lays out solid boom-bap beats while making use of obscure jazz fragments to create dazzling sonic mosaics; smooth, sumptuous and soulful throughout. Pugs’ dextrous flow switches seamlessly between classic rap styles and more abstract, ‘OutKast-esque’ vocal acrobatics. Made in the image of progressive, life-affirming 90’s hip hop and containing a unique blend of UK/US influences, ‘Colours Of The World’ is almost as nostalgic as it is original.