|MH-232 Daedelus - Exquisite Corpse
The new release from Daedelus, Exquisite Corpse is an ode to, and a lament for hip-hop culture. Featuring solo contributions and collaborative efforts with guests whose performances range from traditional (MF Doom, Sci from Scienz of Life) to poetic (Mike Ladd, Cyne, Laura Darling) to experimental (Prefuse 73, Hrishikesh Hirway of the One AM Radio, TTC, Jogger), Daedelus forms the seemingly disparate elements of sound found on the album with a single-minded vision. The album's title has a triple meaning: a reference to death, a grand body of work, and the Impressionist group drawing game of the same name. The guest MCs and vocalists contrast their own styles with Daedelus' sugar-laden undercoating proving that there are no limits to what can be included on a hip-hop album.
|Exciting - Pitchfork / Terrific proof of the underground’s vitality - Rockpile / Alive from beginning to end - Mean Street / A master mortician - CMJ / Full of humor, brains, passion and breathtaking sounds - All Music Guide / Mad and beautiful, beautiful and mad - Big Chill
|Daedelus is the alias of the equally portentous-sounding Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, a classically trained clarinettist-turned-electronist from Santa Monica with a penchant for Edwardian garb and a record collection of epic proportions. Prolific and mercurial his numerous albums collage samples from diverse sources including such odd bedfellows as 50's sci-fi kitsch, hip-hop and Nat King Cole. Exquiste Corpse reveals another eclectic, kaleidoscopic world wherein saccharine 30's Hollywood stings frame apocalyptic MCing ("Impending Doom"), kung-fu soundtracks offset cheesy lounge vocals ("Move On") and lovelorn cabaret chanteuses are set adrift amid electronic shards ("Dearly Departed"). Collaborators such as Prefuse 73 and Mike Ladd help stoke the madness - the latter helming "Welcome Home" to winning effect. Its key lyric might be the album's subtitle: "California smells like this in dreams." - Mojo