That said, all the contributing artists here generally trade in the kind of low-slung, un-quantized style that has been oozing out of the Rush Hour web store for the past few years. Whereas Vol. 1 brought together beats from Hudson Mohawke, Dimlite, Flying Lotus & Samiyam, Pursuit Grooves and Aardvark in 2007, Vol. 2 highlights a new crop of names like Mono/Poly, Nosaj Thing, Dorian Concept, Danny Breaks, Low Limit, Exile, Fulgeance, Mike Slott and Devonwho.
Three of the best? Mono/Poly's contribution, "Distant Form," is the stylistic centrepiece, with its cloudy, melancholy vibes being pummelled into submission by the impact of the kick drum. Nosaj Thing follows up his emphatic debut album Drift with "FWD," another beat that takes reverb to new levels while keeping the nod factor set to stun. Danny Breaks, meanwhile, returns with the stunning "The Sound" which fuses his abrasive talent for wamping basslines with clever sampling and pure snare drum pressure.
I could go on, but it's best you hear it for yourself. Mary Anne Hobbs' recent Wild Angels compilation follows a similar path, culling some of the best from this new instrumental hip-hop scene. But Beat Dimensions Vol. 2 slightly beats it out as the essential document of the nascent scene due to its depth and breadth. Cinnaman and Jay Scarlett may not have the BBC behind them, but they've done an even better job of tracking down beats from around the world that sound like little else. It's hard to believe there will be a better or more definitive album released in this genre this year.