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Album Review

Taking Chuck D's cry of "Bring the noise!" to another level, underground hip-hoppers Food for Animals tear through ten brittle glitch-hop tunes on the freaky Scavengers. Dirty, throbbing bass lies under Kid606-ish glitch and Autechresque constructions while raps that are Wu-Tang for the white riot sit on top. These self-proclaimed "copyright shoplifters" chop up their source material beyond recognition, turn their drum machine to 11 and let it ride, and spit some nonsensical stuff that would have Kool Keith scratching his head, but they're talented craftsmen and work hard to get their point across. Just like any worthy hip-hop team on the rise is supposed to do, Food for Animals deliver a certain manifesto/brag-fest, staking their claim and stating their purpose. The song "Scavengers" is that track. "I pick apart and salvage the facts," it claims, along with "I got your tape/But I need to erase the tape/When I need space for what I make in my basement." By design, it's the centerpiece of frustratingly short Scavengers since the 20 minute glitch-bulldozer builds up to it and then brings the listener down with an eerie closer. More would have been nice, but the 20-minute run time is the only mercy allowed by the difficult Scavengers, and with such a thrilling marriage of chaos and purpose, it's a brilliant tease that deserves every left-field beat freak's attention.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

An unexpected collision of post-punk noise rock heavily influenced by both the late-'70s likes of the Slits and the Pop Group and vintage early industrial acts like Einsturzende Neubauten and Test Dept. with modern-day underground hip-hop and experimental electronica, Food for Animals formed in Baltimore, MD, in 2003. Producer and beatmaker Ricky Rabbit (Nick Rivetti) had released a handful of solo records featuring a breakbeat- and glitch-informed form of laptop-based noise rock when, through a...
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