|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
|Last year's Them record was easily one of the coolest, weirdest and most creative hip-hop records we'd heard in a while. Doseone (the main emcee from Them) takes it a step further out on this one, hooking up with Dj Boom Bip to come up with a sort of free-hip-hop record, like a cross between a poetry slam gone bad, a handful of rap records playing at once, phones and buzzers and bells gone haywire, and a particularly disorienting acid trip. A mix of freeform spoken-word, erratic and non-linear beats, bizarre samples, lots of low-in-the-mix mumbling and muttering, and Doseone's whiny nasal white boy drawl make this one crazy schizophrenic, sloppy and beautiful mess. - Aquarius