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Album Review

The growing ranks of female rappers means that eventually they'll be judged on their individual styles and talents rather than lumped together because they're all women. In the case of Macromantics, aka Melbourne, Australia's Romy Hoffman, comparisons can be made to Jean Grae and Lady Sovereign — they share a similarly tough but playful persona and rapid-fire delivery — but Hoffman has a strong identity of her own. She's the former guitarist for Ben Lee's band Noise Addict and cites Patti Smith and the Wu-Tang Clan as being key influences on her style. On her full-length debut, Moments in Movement, Hoffman's collage of hip-hop and punk, Australian accent, and speedy, tongue-twisting cadences give her songs a distinctive personality. Her hyperactive wordplay is the star of the album, whether she's describing herself as the "heroine who leaves your head nodding like you're using junk" on "Miss Macro" or name-dropping Lemony Snicket and Melanie Griffith on "Scorch." While her skills as an MC are undeniable — particularly on the title track, "Eerily Spookily," and "Bandwagon" — Moments in Movement's more melodic, eclectic songs are the best. "The Dark Side of Dallas," which features the punk band Ground Components, is a brassy, Clash-y knockout that plays like a miniature gangster movie. It's rivalled by "Locksmith," a hard-hitting collaboration that finds Hoffman trading verses with Sage Francis and samples of announcers' voices saying, "I feel a little apprehensive talking to you about my life with my own voice/Although I think people will relate and understand." Throughout the album, producer Buchman does an able job of keeping up with Hoffman, and knowing when to let her have the spotlight: he creates a cool, spaghetti Western-inspired backdrop for her empowering rap on "Love Thyself" and a percussion-heavy sound on "Vaudevile" that goes toe to toe with her verbal workout. Brash and unpredictable, Moments in Movement is a solid debut from an artist with a unique perspective on hip-hop.

Customer Reviews

Something refreshing and different

This is something refreshing and different. It challenges the listener. She has a new voice and the music is catchy. Give us some more.

Some fresh rhymes

From the land down under, Macromantics offers a fresh take on hip hop. Don't be dissuaged by the morons (who seem unable to even type properly) proclaiming this album is "wack". If you like underground hip-hop like Atmosphere, Aesop Rock and J5 this is probably up your alley. If you're expecting some kind of australian twist on crunk or hyphy you're going to be dissapointed. Listen to Scorch and Locksmith (which features Sage Francis) before making up your mind.

give credit where credit is due

If you are a person who doesn't enjoy actually 'listening' to music and are looking for the next big 'club hit' this cd is not for you. If you enjoy analyzing lyrics from other cultures and like hip-hop/rock fusion, then this album IS for you. this cd is an extension of her personality and is intriguing. music is art.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Macromantics is the nom de rap of Melbourne, Australia-based Romy Hoffman, who began her musical career as a guitarist in Ben Lee's band Noise Addict when she was just 15. While touring and performing with Noise Addict, Hoffman fell in love with hip-hop and began incorporating it into her own music and punk-inspired, D.I.Y. approach. In 2004, she self-released her debut as Macromantics, the Hyperbolic Logic EP, which introduced her passionate and often witty MC style. Performing live with turntablist...
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