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DIRTY DIGGERS: THE PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

The Pleasure Is All Mine

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UK release date 30.03.2007

'Freakishly Strong', the debut album from London / Yorkshire duo Pat Stash and Young Max, introduced a pair of genuinely talented Hip-Hop junkies to the UK scene and became one of 2005âs most memorable releases. On this follow-up to their well-received debut, the Dirty Diggers continue to deliver nothing but quality material, albeit with a slightly darker edge in places. 'Bang On It' is built on funky, screw-faced production and features Pat and Max matching the trackâs swagger with confident, self-assured verses, while the Nostalgia 77-produced âSo Grown Upâ sounds like the result of a late-night session in Pete Rockâs basement. The sobering 'Cuts & Bruises', reminiscent of De La Soulâs classic 'Millie Pulled A Pistolâ¦', is a gripping tale of circumstance and coincidence highlighting how easy it is for any of us to take the wrong path in life. The real gem here, though, is the melancholy 'Itâll Be OK', a compelling cut which finds the pair attempting to make sense of their place in the world, accompanied by one of the most infectious hooks youâll hear all year. Can you dig it? Sure, you can.
Words Ryan Proctor

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