|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
|In my opinion, Daedelus' newest batch of inclusive beat fodder, Exquiste Corpse, is his best record yet, featuring eccentric touches and a humbling expansiveness that truly know no boundaries. There are a handful of quality collaborations here with the likes of MF Doom, Mike Ladd, Prefuse 73 and TTC but I decided to post the instrumental "Just Briefly" because to me, it represents what Daedelus does best. Juxtaposing acoustic guitars Juxtaposing acoustic guitars with a solid midtempo break, psychedelic samples and emotive atmospherics (even a stretch reminiscent of Luke Vibert's 'Shadows' at the half way point), it shows a creative perspective undeterred by misguided musical preconceptions. - Scissorkick