** Klaus Layer
Germany's Klaus Layer (pka Captain Crook) is a prime example of the universal language of Hip-Hop; 4,000 miles away from the city and culture that birthed the genre yet magnetically attuned to its spirit. His approach to sample-plundering and beatmaking is one that is both familiar and unorthodox. With a prodigious grasp on the tough East Coast sound, Klaus' mind wanders a landscape filled with echoes of vintage cinema, psychedelia and surrealist art as his hands remain in the present intuitively working it all through the sampler. These elements give rise to the deliberate and incidental aesthetics that are truly unique to his production, and will take you to the edge and back of what you thought Hip-Hop could sound like.