Mr Fantastic remixes Sifu Hotman's Embrace The Sun feat. Tall Paul

Mr Fantastic remixes Sifu Hotman's Embrace The Sun feat. Tall Paul

An okay but ultimately unnecessary release.

Words by Michael Heffernan.

Sifu Hotman is one of the groups in the music industry I respect a hell of a lot. While only having released a single album, they have recorded some absolutely master class music, especially in such a competitive genre like rap. But that album was in 2014, and the group have not released anything more recent until their vinyl release Matches, featuring their most popular song of the same name. The album was released mid-January of 2016 and includes a clean rendition of the group’s signature track along with some instrumental versions. Included also was a remix of B-side Embrace The Sun by Mr. Fantastic and an added guest verse by Tall Paul with the a capella and instrumental forms.

On the whole, this album seems somewhat baffling. Why the group didn’t just re-release Embrace The Sun, their original album, as a vinyl is confusing at best, considering the style and pedigree of the album, not to mention its popularity. As it stands, Matches seems almost entirely unnecessary as an album, providing a marginally inferior version of its title song and a very uninteresting remix that adds next to nothing to the original song. When Sifu Hotman has already had superb remixes in the past, such as the exceptional work of Lewis Parker on the First Ave. Funeral remix, Mr. Fantastic does not do anything to impress.

Granted, it isn’t a bad version but one that has no real reason to exist. A decent description of the album really. If you are interested in the artist, skip this and just go and listen to Embrace The Sun. More music and better music. A solid deal.

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