|MH-266 Thavius Beck - Dialogue
On Dialogue, his third full-length for Mush Records, Thavius Beck continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop beatmaking, grounding lo-fi digital drum kits in icy layers of synths and sliced up samples. Fresh off of production duties on Saul Williams’ Niggy Tardust album with Trent Reznor, Beck’s work on Dialogue is razor sharp. This release also finds Thavius spending more time in front of the mic, delivering the type of rhymes that originally gained him notoriety as a member of Global Phlowtations. The consummate iconoclast, Beck cleverly critiques many of America's ills with a dry, satirical wit that never falls into preachiness. With each passing release, Thavius Beck continues to prove that the only musical boundaries he sees are ones he has already left behind.
|It's an impressive illustration of what hip-hop can and should be:adventurous, demanding and energising. Will.I.Am take note. - Clash / One of the Best Albums of 2009. - LA City Beat / His flow is as unremarkable as his conscious, anti-mainstream message. You can hear flickers of a possible new hip-hop.- The Wire / Buy it, play it, freak yourself out. - The Skinny
|Thavius Beck makes hip hop, but it's unlike any hip hop you have ever heard before. His version is faster, louder and more caustic than anything else that is currently out there.
Beck has already established himself as a boundary breaking producer with Los Angeles super group Global Phlowtations. He also co-produced Saul Williams' industrial hip hop masterpiece The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust. Now, he has decided to venture out as an artist in his own right and the results are extraordinary.
Dialogue is Beck's second solo album and displays his ability to effortlessly mix numerous genres, creating a moody, thought provoking collection of tracks that will make your body shake and your mind shift into overdrive. - Huck