|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
|Exquiste Corpse is Daedelus' finest album to date, a decision arrived at after a seriously rare evening of pure-fi listening I treated myself to recently. An album that manages to pull off that rare feat of juggling a plethora of emcee's guesting and a number of outrageous Daestrumental bombs like only this man can pull off, word to Prefuse - Surrounded By Silence will need to bring it on to top this killer album. Fourteen tracks featuring completely on their game spots from MF Doom, Sci, TTC, Mike Ladd and even Miami's Cyne taking a moment away from creating what will be their amazing upcoming debut album for City Centre Offices. The unique oldly worldly samples are in place but behind the vocal performances they back up and support rather than confuse. Prefuse 73 makes a beat-guest performance on "Welcome Home" a highlight collaboration from these pals, in other places Dae's solo tracks are equal to anything he's delivered to date, as charming as Invention and as hatstand fun as the mega tip from Of Snowdonia, "Something Bells." One of my 2005 highlights to date. - Boomkat