Review

Sam Turpin & Illa N return as Cold Chinese Food, making tunes that are groovy and globally aware

Cold Chinese Food embrace an old school boom-bap aesthetic to execute lyrically engaging and entertaining hip hop in their latest mini-EP “Street Cutz.”

With a clear ’90s-era boom-bap influenced production throughout, clever lyrics often referencing eastern street food and a life on the road are a staple on this tape.

“Hit the sky/ Go on tour/ Bring the vibes to Bangalore/ Eat Masala Dosa/ Then we dip and close the door,” – Sam Turpin controls his flow with precision over clean work from Njabulo “ILLA N” Phekani. The tracks feel fun and authentic and it’s difficult not to enjoy.

The mini-EP serves as a swift reminder of an underground duo who first made an appearance back in 2014, with the chaos of 2020 finally bringing them back together. It feels like a preview of what’s to come, and it excites me.

The duo bring the best out of each other, and will hope to convey the same gripping energy and style in their upcoming album. Check them out.