|MH-201 Boom Bip & Doseone - Circle
A Birdcatcher in a no-piece suit and a Town Crier in the round, Circle is the critically acclaimed full-length from vocalist Doseone and producer Boom Bip. The New York Times has named Circle one of the "Top-Ten Worthwhile Albums of the Year" and the duo have been rewarded with over a dozen artist profiles including a feature in The Wire and nods to Doseone as Spin's "Incoming" and CMJ's "On the Verge" artist-of-the-month. A cohesive work of word and sound that ends where it begins and emulates the child within, Circle combines honest word and live instrumentation with an amalgam of sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties compositions. Doseone does it all, prose at light speed, in slow speak, and even bird calls. Circle is at once like everything and nothing before it - and what comes next will not be the same.
|A masterpiece, fladdout - Your Flesh / Let them take your inner ear outer there. - NME / Invigorating, wildly innovative and inventive - Play Louder / Ambitious, off the wall, and impossible to justice in a review - Straight No Chaser / A landmark moment in hip-hop history - Exclaim! / This might be the best... document to have emerged from hip-hop's savant-garde - The Wire
|Anticon's masterful poet/lyricist Doseone impresses with yet another fantastic release, this time with electronic artist Boom Bip punching the buttons on the sampler. On Circle, Dose expresses his poetic yearnings in a variety of styles over Boom Bip's tripped-out beats, which are comprised of telephone bells, fire alarms, and music boxes, amongst other things. Together they create a variety of tracks that range from the Celtic metal stylings of "Slight" and the spoken-word: "The Rarity of Meaningful Experienceerience" to the booty call of "Square." With extreme poetics and elastic production, Circle most resembles the Greenthink project Dose shares with partner why? although with much better sound quality. And like the Greenthink releases, Circle has something most albums miss out on: atmosphere. Each track works on its own, and as a component of a whole becomes far greater. - Urb