Circle Research - Who?
Circle Research are two cool cats from Toronto, Canada called Astro and Nik T. The dj/producer/digger duo has been an integral part of the Toronto hip-hop since Showbiz & A.G. dropped their "Party Groove" EP (for all 80ties babies, we are talking about 1992). Circle Research are old souls when it comes to hip-hop and rap but their beats are brand new.
"Who ?" is also the title of their first album for MPM. A "Donuts" style throwback record - 36 tracks strong but only 38 minute long. It is based on some of the the most classic hip-hop breaks and samples but excecuted in 2008 fashion. Astro and Nik evaporate the DNA of hip-hop into a 38 minute beatape that is actually a real album. And it's fun too!
"Who?" started as a show-reel / demo tape that Astro and Nik put together to show their skills and sound. It became an instant office favourite at the MPM headquater and we convinced the duo to share it with the fans.
The CD version features bonus beat version of all tracks (means just instrumentals without the vocal samples), the LP is a classic single vinyl pressing with extra thick cardboard and dope artwork by Mike Davis.