Jase Connection - Beathedz Vol.01 :Unless youre an established fan of Aussie hip-hop, the name Jase Connection may not ring a bell. Hes a member of Global Underground electro-beatmakers Nubreed, too, but hes been producing on the (small) Aussie hip-hop scene for 12 years, now. Beathedz features a wide variety of A-hop whos who, from Kau from Koolism to Muph & Pegz to Urthboy from the Herd. Jase provides a consistent sound, at least; lush and electro-tinged, reminiscent of NZ hip-hop heavyweight Scribe. Jases style is not so much unique as uniquely combinatory: from the Kanye-like sped-up soul sample of All Out to the drum-n-bass influenced The Unborn Childs Theme. The female raps dont work so well (reedy, thin voice), but whens the last time you heard someone rhyming about Warnies famous leg break to take out Gatting in the cricket? Sixteen is the standout; Muph and Pegz are veterans, and it showsthey have more character in their voice, and more intelligence: Stuck behind a laptop writing raps in caps lock / its not going to make your raps stand out. In the end, though Beathedz may be a good, unifying force for some of the pre-eminent names on the Aussie hip-hop scene, I just wish their contribution had been more memorable: the producer, and the produced, are better than this compilation might indicate.