Since their 2001 breakup, underground hip-hop stalwarts Company Flow have attained a quasi-mythical status among certain rap fans. 1997′s Funcrusher Plus eschewed the Pete Rock/DJ Premier funk and soul-sampling blueprint in favor of dark, futuristic synths and fractured, arrhythmic drums. It was challenging music backing intricate, multisyllabic flows, but it inspired and kickstarted an experimental, avant-garde hip-hop that inspired everyone from Aesop Rock to Anticon Records.
Now, with the announcement of the group’s first show in a decade, frontman El-P gives back to the masses with this lost mix of the 1998 track “End to End Burners,” now updated in today’s language as “N2N Burners.”
This new version flips the Mayfieldian vibe of the original into slightly darker territory, dialing down the wah-wah guitars and adding ominous haunted house-worthy synths. El-P, along with Company Flow principles Bigg Jus and Mr. Len, have all gone on to flourishing solo careers, yet given the time since their last release, a “lost mix” of the group coughing for four minutes would’ve been eaten up by still-hungry fans.
Listen to Company Flow’s “N2N Burners (Lost Mix)”: