Hangar 18, Sweep The Leg

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Sweep The Leg

Hangar 18

To answer the question posed at the outset of Hangar 18's Sweep the Leg (a question, it should be noted, borrowed from The Roots), the first time you heard Hangar 18 you were probably at a show for another Def Jux artist. The group has been lollygagging in the background of the roster for a while now, making well-timed guest appearances but taking good time to unveil their second full-length. Here's what we've been missing: the groups practices neon-lit future-rap, sonically similar to Antipop expat Beans but tougher and toothier. Sweep the Leg is impressively minimal: there's nothing here besides sonic boom percussion, a few electronic whooshes and the motormouthed rhymes of Alaska and Windnbreez. That minimalism is what makes the record work: the group creates a claustrophobic nighttime cityscape where nothing is safe and no one can be trusted.