|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
|Your first essential left-field hip-hop purchase for 2005. Mush and Ninja Tune's search for the twisted alter ego of hip-hop has thrown up fabulous results before, with releases inspiring a whole generation of beat-wise kids to grab everything from the sampler to the kitchen sink to recreate the whirling technicolour of their own peculiar world view. This is one of those densely, layered forays into the medium, where the conventions do occasionally get a look in, but usually end up getting altered so far as to be unrecognisable. Yes the beats do kick in a satisfying manner, but the textures that accompany them are far more intoxicating, most often to dizzying effect. On first pass this record is thick with its sonic assault: sci fi kitsch and easy orchestra samples layered up with adrenalin raps from guest MF Doom; haunting vocals drifting in and out of the fog; startling flourishes with cerebral lyrical waxing. Given more time you can appreciate the work that's gone into this - the control exercised over the material to preserve the clarity of vision is masterful. A like fellow of cLOUDDEAD and Prefuse 73 (featuring here on some production duties), a genuine talent shines through in unusual fashion. - Record Collector