TTC - Ceci N'est Pas Un Disque      
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written by Saadiq    
TTC are another group of individuals from the French underground scene coming with their own unique brand of funk, rhymes and humour. The album's title translated in English is "This is not a record." That already gives you an indication that this album is going to be different.

From the offset you can hear the humour that is so apparent in their music. Another thing they have in abundance is funk. The music they create just drips samples of it, and I'm not talking about them sampling funk. It's very obvious they haven't been sampling the funk genre, but just the simple attitude seen within the production.

The production itself is very unique in its sound and feel. If you felt that the production was really distinctive then you need to listen to the MCs. Tido's gruffness, Cuiziner's silky smooth flow, and TekiWell, you'll just have to buy the record to hear his unique vocal styles.

TTC exhibit a wide variety of vocal styles and subject matter on the album. Not only is it the actual subject matter that stands out but the manner in which they deal with it. Songs like "Subway" talk about underground rail networks so different, talking about how the lines are like tentacles spreading their reach out across the whole of Paris and there's also the unforgettable; "Elementaire" where the often dealt with topic of the 4 elements comes up. However, each element of hip-hop is compared to one of the 4 natural elements such as earth, wind, fire and water. The topic is dealt with in an eloquent manner and the production is out of this world. Truly beautiful music.

Another stand out track, "Pas D'Armure" features Dose One. The production is eerie, it has one of the scariest piano loops ever used coupled with hard drums.

These guys are something special, you will not be the same after hearing this album.









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