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Beardyman Done Good !
on 25 April 2011
Beardyman is also a young gentleman called Darren Foreman.
He comes from London and his debut album, 'I Done A Album',
proves beyond doubt that he has a very busy mind indeed.
Coming in at twenty tracks it's a big listen but Mr Foreman's
powers of thematic and rhythmic invention do not leave room
for our minds to wander for nary a moment. It is a deeply
engaging, complex and frequently very funny listening experience.
Jump straight to 'Game Over (Latex Quim)' for an immediate fix
of what makes this performer special. His consummate beatboxing
skills are craftily deconstructed and scattered and splattered
through a raucous percussive arrangement which is not unlike
being on-board the best roller-coaster ride you ever scored!
'Vampire Strike' is a deliciously barmy slice of Mittel-European
madness stitched up with another bunch of big, bad, booming beats.
The nasty night creatures are clearly having one hell of a party!
Mr Foreman's musical imagination has few boundaries. Anything
and everything's up for grabs in this rich sonic stew. The Arabic
flavoured Foreign Beggars/Beardyman collaboration had Mrs Wolf
dancing round the cave in an uncharacteristically seductive way (!)
but however clever things get he never loses sight of a good tune.
Incidental pieces like the madvert-from-hell 'Blind Rabbits' are
laugh-out-loud hillarious and provide additional entertainment.
'Sativa Steps' is a particularly lovely composition. To some degree it
shares kinship with San Francisco based musician/producer Eskmo's recent
work. With its balance between luminous washes of sparkling synth and
grinding mechanical rhythmic mayhem it's a lumbering monster of a track.
The cut and paste drum and bass anarchy of 'U R Mine', however, delivers
some of the album's most intelligently thrilling moments. It's a riot!
By the end of my first encounter with 'I Done A Album' my head
was spinning (in a good way!) and my heart was beating faster!
Mr Foreman did indeed do a album and behold the album was good.
Very Highly Recommended.