Don't believe the title. This isn't "another beat tape".
Singaporean producer FAUXE, best known for his endless ventures into different genres — even noise, at one point — recently dug up recordings of Singaporean tracks from the 60s.
Of course, many of us reignited fascination with our country's past this year, but FAUXE took it one step further, sampling these songs and twisting them in a Dilla-like fashion — dusty, incredibly melodic grooves that quickly penetrate but leaves room for plenty of verses, something which the Mediocre Haircut Crew happily obliges to do.
Titled HUH FUCK ANOTHER BEAT TAPE EP, it was produced and recorded within 24 hours, with only the first takes used from the rappers. He used songs from local acts like The Quests, The Siglap 5 and Western Union Band.
We've talked about Mediocre Haircut Crew's beguiling old-school charm that's incredibly likeable. The samples featured here, along with FAUXE's relatively straight-laced beat treatment, commit to that — resulting in a surprisingly breezy listen.
Take a gander at the six tracks, along with the original songs sampled.
'The Cyclones' - F∆UXE ft MHC
Samples 'The Dew' by The Cyclones
'Reyes Sisters' - F∆UXE ft daniKIDDO & omarKENOBI
Samples 'A Ring For My Darling' by Reyes Sisters
'The Quest' - F∆UXE ft mickeyLEANO, omarKENOBI & Cap'N Malas
Samples 'The Indian Maid' by The Quests
'Western Union Band Instrumental' - F∆UXE
Samples 'Sausalito' by Western Union Band
'Chang Siao Ying' - F∆UXE ft daniKIDDO & mickeyLEANO
Samples 'Man Tian Xing Dou de Wan Shang' by Chang Siao Ying
'The Siglap 5' - F∆UXE ft MHC
Samples 'Nada Suchi Untok-mu/Adek-ku' by Jeffridin & The Siglap Five