|MH-201 Boom Bip & Doseone - Circle
A Birdcatcher in a no-piece suit and a Town Crier in the round, Circle is the critically acclaimed full-length from vocalist Doseone and producer Boom Bip. The New York Times has named Circle one of the "Top-Ten Worthwhile Albums of the Year" and the duo have been rewarded with over a dozen artist profiles including a feature in The Wire and nods to Doseone as Spin's "Incoming" and CMJ's "On the Verge" artist-of-the-month. A cohesive work of word and sound that ends where it begins and emulates the child within, Circle combines honest word and live instrumentation with an amalgam of sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties compositions. Doseone does it all, prose at light speed, in slow speak, and even bird calls. Circle is at once like everything and nothing before it - and what comes next will not be the same.
|A masterpiece, fladdout - Your Flesh / Let them take your inner ear outer there. - NME / Invigorating, wildly innovative and inventive - Play Louder / Ambitious, off the wall, and impossible to justice in a review - Straight No Chaser / A landmark moment in hip-hop history - Exclaim! / This might be the best... document to have emerged from hip-hop's savant-garde - The Wire
|Before cLOUDDEAD hopped the Atlantic to hit Will Ashon's respected Big Dada imprint, Doseone and DJ/producer Boom reached critical mass at California's Mush in 2000, with this re-release through the influential Leaf label receiving a rapturous response two years later. Loaded with twenty-nine tracks, each containing literally reams of thoughts, there is an awful lot to take in, but the experience proves well worth the investment, with a renunciation of traditional hip-hop in favor of a collation of loose conceptual movements that ultimately add up to one of the most progressive albums to have ever graced the genre. Boom's otherworldly production and sense of the epic match the rapid-fire delivery of Dose blow for blow - though occasionally the lyrics come so quickly that lines have to be spun simultaneously through different speakers. Fans of Dj Shadow will go wild for the apocalyptic beats, while the wordplay will have even the most ardent anti-hip-hopper turning the corner, and even those more used to Aphex Twin will tune into the obtuse theatrics. Check your preconceptions at the door and fast-forward to some spine-shivering hip-not futurism. - All Music Guide