|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
|This is pretty awesome. With Dialogue Los Angeles MC Thavius Beck serves his most ambitious and varied LP to data. Its fifteen short tracks touch on soul, rock, jazz and drum and bass in as fluid and skilful a way as we've heard since the last time OutKast put a record out. Beck shares a similar lyrical dexterity with the aforementioned duo, peppering his breathless rhymes with comments on current social issues such as America's war on drugs, the state of the inner cities and the behaviour of some members of the black community. He is smart and witty enough to present the many aspects of such matters without resorting to preaching and his virtuosic lyrical flow means that the album never becomes heavy going. There's not really any weak moments on Dialogue but the insanely fast breakbeats of "Burn" and the bhangra-inflected "Pressure" are two of the many standouts. An excellent album. - Tasty Fanzine