Genuine - 2003 - 44 minutes

Brighton’s DJ Format has been pumping out chunky, melodic singles for the last couple of years and maintains his funky tendencies on 'Music for the Mature B-Boy', his first long-player.

The opening intro is a deeply soulful instrumental, all jazzy breaks and horn stabs. DJ Format’s sound is typified by 'Ill Culinary Behaviour', one of several collaborations with Canadian MC Abdominal, clean, smooth, positive and dripping with fat organs and drums.

'Last Bongo In Brighton' takes the tempo uptown, the beats might be frenetic but the vibe is still fully chilled. 'We Know Something You Don’t Know' boasts superb raps from Jurassic 5 manin Chali 2na and Akil, and a nice video where the two rappers perform dressed in stupid animal costumes. I can’t imagine 50 Cent doing that.

The sound is consistently West Coast upbeat, a mix of old and new schools that makes for dancefloor-friendly hip-hop in the backpacker style. There’s no doubting that DJ Format is a very talented producer who knows exactly what he likes, but if there is a weakness to 'Music for the Mature B-Boy' then maybe the album title betrays it. This firmly retro set is stuck in the late 80s/early 90s with little or no room for the innovations that people like Outkast, NERD and Timbaland have brought to the hip-hop sound.

Having said that, if you are looking for enjoyable, amiable hip-hop that isn’t going to melt your brain then this is for you.

Luke McManus

Tracklisting: Intro - Ill Culinary Behaviour Feat Abdominal - We Know Something You Don’t Know Feat Chali 2na & Akil - Last Bongo In Brighton (Remix) - The Hit Song Feat Abdominal - Here Comes The Fuzz - B-Boy Code Pt2 Feat Fatski - Vicious Battle Raps Feat Abdominal - Charity Shop Soundclash Feat Aspects - Little Bit Of Soul - English