Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the creator of Cypress Hill's powerhouse funky sound.

Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the creator of Cypress Hill's powerhouse funky sound. In addition, he has collaborated on tracks with Sonic Youth and Pearl Jam and on an entire recording with trip-hop pioneer Tricky, and that work has a greater bearing on Muggs' solo debut Dust, which reveals a rarely exposed side of this hip-hop veteran. The tracks have much more of a rock focus, but don't think Limp Bizkit: Think Pink Floyd. Muggs' languid, atmospheric tracks support delicate crooning by Amy Trujilo and ex-Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. In addition, there are tracks featuring vocals by ex-Afghan Whig Greg Dulli and Everlast. Highlights include "Fat City," which rides a slinky piano line, and the propulsive, catchy "Tears." Until now, Muggs' sound has been far more midday than 3 a.m., but Dust is a solid addition to the late-night cannon.—MJ