Def Tex, Thanks But No Thanks

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

For a while, UK hip-hop probably sounded about as silly as Arizona polka. Credit English crew Def Tex, then, for ably plying their trade since 1987. Despite their longevity, though, Thanks But No Thanks is only the group's second LP, coming after their 2001 debut, Serene Bug. If the results are any indication, it seems like time well spent: “What The?” opens the record with a deceptively upbeat groove, considering it's composed of a few plucked guitar notes, a deep bass and a simple drum pattern. The title track continues with live-sounding but adds electronic squiggles as the melodic bits undergirding vocalists Anthropologist and Chrome. Producer R-Key is just as much the star throughout, crafting the type of funk that'll have you not caring one whit about where these guys are from.