|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
|Drawing exquisite instrumentals from a slew of extravagant samples has proved a nice little earner for Santa Monica's Daedelus, his past recordings for Plug Research and Mush having sat quite comfortably amongst the collections of post-rock and the kind of avant-garde rap which gets engineering undergraduates hot under the (button down) collar. This set would draw comparisons with fellow shuriken chuckers Wagonchrist and Blockhead were it not for the use of some ludicrously big strings, more common to Mancini and Morricone than his downbeat compadres. Indeed, it is his ability to pull rock solid grooves from what, in other hands, would have been a gelatinous mess of samples is most impressive, at its very best when accompanied by a collaboration with MF Doom. - International DJ