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From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

Dälek

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If you're the type of hip-hop fan who finds a group like OutKast a tad too experimental for your tastes, you might wanna back away from this album slowly and try not to make any sudden moves. With a cacophonous sound that falls somewhere between the Bomb Squad, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, and that annoying guy with the jackhammer who just...won't...stop, this is music for those people who think Anti-Pop Consortium just isn't quite weird enough. The jarring industrial noise that drives the opening "Spiritual Healing" is your first clue that Dälek is coming from a whole 'nother frame of reference, with producer Oktopus' grinding grooves providing a dense, dark backdrop for some furiously inventive mike work. Thankfully, not every track here is quite so chaotic: The haunting instrumental "Antichristo" wouldn't sound out of place on a DJ Shadow album, while the exotic Indian drones and tabla beats of "Trampled Brethren" almost border on accessible. But even a noise-loving freak like DJ Spooky would be put off by the dissonant, 12-minute spoken word epic "Black Smoke Rises." Warning: Easy listening this is not.

Customer Reviews

Sure, it's noisy... what's yer problem?

Noise is beautiful. No one complains about babies crying. No, wait... they do. Anyway, the beats and loops here are solid, sometimes even stunning. Great rapping, over an aggressive but often understated racket. Fans of metalish/sludge/dub stuff - Techno Animal, Bill Laswell, Scorn, DVOA, Pigface, Godflesh - should celebrate. This album is approximately 10,000 times more coherent and relevant than most of those artists' canons.

Ipecac never disappoints.

This is quite an album. The combination of the lyrics/cadence with the wall of unique sound creates a stand alone piece of art. Been in my rotation now for a few years. Check it out.

Biography

Formed: Newark, NJ

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Newark, NJ's Dälek undermine the simplistic gloss of mainstream hip-hop with gritty, complex underground hip-hop that at once clicks and whirs like some electronica head trip; layers on environmental ambience; and assaults the listener with aggressive, intelligent rhymes. Oktopus and dälek met at William Patterson University in the mid-'90s and began collaborating. Soon dälek (as the MC is called) dropped out of school, cashed in his loans, and put his money into his home studio. The duo's first...
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