Second album from Laurence Fishburne-approved Philadelphia hip hop quartet

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Spooks – Faster Than You Know…

Occupying a similar niche to the Black Eyed Peas, Spooks are hip hop for people who baulk at the vulgar (yet more interesting) likes of Eminem or 50 Cent. That said, there are signs that Booka-T, Hypno, Joe Davis and Ming-Xia may be tiring of being nice. A couple of the tracks here flirt with a little signposted nastiness (“Crazy” and “Wild”) and there are some encouragingly alien textures in the outro to “Hell No” and “Spooks” that indicate better things to come.