There's a bit of an all-star feel to this one, as esteemed Japanese beatmaker Budamunk joins forces with Cro-Magnon's Takumi Kaneko and vocalist Mimismooth for a butter-smooth trip into jazz-inclined hip-hop soul territory. Each member of the trio plays a key role, with Mimismooth's fragile, lightweight vocals perfectly complimenting Kaneko's warm electric piano and Budamunk's loose, swinging, MPC-style beats. On occasions, the beats take a backseat, and ironically it's these moments - see the sparse but dreamy "Early Birds" - that really stand out. That said, the head nodding "Take 3" and "First Jam Magic" are also superb.
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