“Old school HipHop reimagined for the 21st century” Tom Robinson BBC 6music
Always representing the very best that hip hop recorded on these shores has to offer, the mighty Chrome is back with his latest album, Dopamine Hit. Packed with the hardest of beats, and flows matched by very few in the game, the raw factor scale is at breaking point on this latest offering from B-Line Recordings.
The album opens with an intro (Dopamine In) that heralds the return of one of the UK’s dopest MCs as well as pointing to the title track where Chrome explores the addictive nature of social media over a brilliant reworking of 24 Karat Black. After this initial hit, the LP quickly moves on to ‘No Idol’ which sees Chrome and fellow B-Line artist Uncle Mic Nitro, trade verses on the subject of false idols and heroes. Other collaborations include the bold ‘Old Man’s Sport’ where Chrome and Bristol-legend Kelz celebrate maturity in hip hop as well as ‘Less Is More’ which sees Step Child and Chrome spit sharp blades over hard beats which will leave you wanting more. The hard, boom-bap beats permeate the album, bringing innovation and a fresh sound as well as classic hip hop beats. ‘To The Maximum’ hits in a similar vein and welcomes Chrome’s stage-partner Illinspired back into the fold. Guests are used sparingly but to devastating effect – ‘Shockwave’ being the perfect example. With it’s throbbing baseline, Andy Cooper and Chrome power through their bars with precision and an impossible speed. Previously issued as a 7” single by Naked Ape, ‘Shockwave’ is already reaching far and wide, making waves and pushing boundaries. As with all Chrome releases, the listener is treated to the perfect combination of substance as well as meaning and expertly crafted flows. Combined with aforementioned boom-bap beats, reminiscent of Ced Gee production but with a modern twist, the latest in the B-Line catalogue follows on perfectly from 2015’s smash ‘The All C N I’.
With production by Chrome himself and other features including Sir Beans OBE, Sure D and Super JB as well as brilliant artwork by James Dowe and layout by Mr Tibbz, this dopamine hit will leave you begging for more…
Dudley Jaynes (B-Line Recordings/Record Collector Magazine)