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TRULY INSTRUMENTAL HIP HOP....
on 8 January 2009
Took a gamble on this a little bit as can be seen from my reviews (mostly Rock & Metal) but I'm very taken with this!
Progressive, experimental, ambient, are all expletives to describe this almost cinematic soundscape. Sometimes dark, sometimes beautiful, it's almost impossible to believe this is the work of only one man & his turntables.
Some interesting samples are to be found; the most recognisable to me being the bass intro to Metallica's Orion. There are strings, little bits that remind me of Wendy Carlos' version of Dies Irae from The Shining, Classical sounds, really cool, chilled out drumbeats and some really fat, deep, throbbing basslines. There's no actual rap or singing as this is INSTRUMENTAL hip hop but there are some cleverly integrated vocal snippets that serve more as music than the usual cliched posturing of the Rap genre. It's hard to single out one single track as this feels very much like a musical odyssey, maybe even conceptual.
I've enjoyed this as I'm used to samples & turntables within a Rock framework ala Linkin Park or Mordred, but this is a real step into another world. Certainly better than the X-Ecutioners albums that I have.
This will appeal to fan's of Moby, Consolidated, Classy Hip Hop, Electronica fans, the open minded Rock fan, maybe even devotees of darker ambient music such as Burzum's later material. Something here for everyone!