Title: Puro EP
Artist: Teknika Brutal
Teknika Brutal is a four man group composed of MCs, Apoc aka. Arkitekto, Batas plus producers KMG and DJ Arthug, the latter providing scratches and mix.
Under Uprising, the group released their first EP studio album, Puro EP back in 2020.
This is one raw hip-hop album and except alot of scratches and hard lyrical flow plus delivery.
A review of the tracks
Puro EP has a total of eight tracks. The album starts with “Silab”, which is a fine DJ showcase introducing the members of the group and is accompanied by a hard grimy beat and loads of scratches. Such showcase by DJ Arthug is followed through the interlude track, “Teknikamot”
Most tracks in Puro EP are mainly spoken word, exchanging lyrical skills between Batas and Apoc notably in the track, “Sabi Daw Nila”. Much of the subject matter in this album varies and are based on personal thoughts and experiences.
“Ang salita kutsilyong nakakahiwa nag dedepende ang hapde sa talas ng dila”Teknika Brutal – Maling Akala
With Puro EP, Teknika Brutal delivered a raw and hard hip-hop sound, defining what Pinoy Hip-Hop should be. I like the lyrical exchange between Batas and Apoc plus the beats in this album are “strong” ranging from hard to melodic. What more the numerous turntable scratches in many of its tracks.
The only drawback that I found with this album is through the track, “Labi”, honestly the woman’s background vocals tends to be a bit distracting especially when you want to listen to the verses itself.
But still, Puro EP remains to be one of my favorite Pinoy Hip-Hop albums and also my second favorite for 2020 next to Illustrado’s Hanggang Kamtayan: Ngayon at Bukas double LP, the latter also produced by Uprising and includes Batas.
- Strong lyrical flow and delivery
- Mixture of hard to melodic beats
- Loads of scratches
- The woman’s vocals is somewhat distracting in the track, “Labi”
Favorite track: “Maling Akala”
Least Favorite track: “Purista”
Overall Review: 4.5/5