Klaus Layer (formerly known as Captain Crook), drops another outstanding instrumental project that is deep-rooted in the gusto of the 90s East coast boom bap era. On For The People Like Us, the German-based producer skillfully utilizes production techniques that made the East-coast a force during the golden era of hip-hop. Klaus Layer is able to rediscover the dusty sound by finding samples with funky grooves, throwing lo-fi filters over the sample and banging out the hardest drums that would make drums lords such as Havoc, Lord Finesse and Easy Mo Bee snap their neck in approval. The instrumentals on this project sound like they were actually recorded using analog reel-to-reel equipment that adds a greater level of authenticity to Klaus Layer’s production and further proves that the beathsmith is a student of the game. Klaus is able to capture the warmth and fat sounds of the 90s that the legendary RZA and Da Beatminerz were able to execute masterfully. Klaus further acknowledges his elders by flipping samples that were used by pioneers DJ Premier, Q-Tip and Pete Rock on some of their most popular records.
Klaus definitely goes for a certain aesthetic on this project but in no way does he attempt to be a carbon copy of the producers before his time, the beatsmith takes his influences and uses them to find his niche and carve out his own lane in this musical landscape. There is a bunch of great records on this project but the certified bangers on For The People Like Us would have to include the title track, “Kool aka Resurgent Branch”, “No Joke, “Be As You Are” and “Coming To Your World”. For The People Like Us is a celebration and a remembrance of a sound that continues to shape and mold the musical tastes of many.
Standout Tracks: "For The People Like Us", "Kool aka Resurgent Branch", "Be As You Are"