By Pia Cabrera

What happens when you mix hip-hop with holographic beats? You get new music from the mysterious producer called Cut From The Team.

His 9-track album is like no ordinary hip-hop sound; it steps aside from the hip and jazzy melodies to a more electronic vibe. It’s a beatific and euphoric instrumental hip-hop album, that in his words sounds like daydreams about an island in East Asia.

The entire album seems like a fantasy when you close your eyes and the music takes you to an imaginary place. Producer Cut From The Team’s main inspiration was Japan, the sound and atmosphere of its streets and people. Intros to songs like “Kicks,” “See U” and “Insert Cartridge”, transport you to Japan with the sounds of people talking, skate boarding and shopping.

You also can’t help but hear the cool sound effects from video games, beeps and tech noises in tracks like “Dhalsim Fire” and “Game Over”. It makes you feel like you’re actually inside an arcade playing a video game.

Cut From The Team put together his passion and creativity to create a perfect instrumental hip-hop album that is electric, enchanting and like nothing you’ve heard before.