|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
|Producer (as heard on Saul Williams’ NiggyTardust!) and rapper (as heard on the punishing Lab Waste 45 earlier this year) Thavius Beck’s in ultra-concentrated form for a solo album with an iron core. The “GO!”/“Money”/“Violence” suite in the center finds him focused and ferocious – overdriven digital production (Memphis made more dense and intense) and lyric slashes at the soft point where society and media rub most closely together. Gunshot samples and shuddering 1989 kick drums make this the 2009 that digital was expecting. One of the Best Albums of 2009. - LA City Beat