|MH-206 cLOUDDEAD - cLOUDDEAD
"It's all the same shit but they call it cLOUDDEAD." cLOUDDEAD is the avant-hip-hop grouping of Doseone, why?, and odd nosdam. Fusing abstract beats, ambient pads, and interweaving vocals, cLOUDDEAD has created a release that owes as much to the Beatles as it does to hip-hop. Like Doseone and why?'s Greenthink project, cLOUDDEAD renounces the traditional hip-hop song format in favor of music made in movements. Six such movements were created to be released as a limited edition ten-inch series. Each release features a guest (Illogic, Dj Signify, Sole, the Wolf Bros., Mr. Dibbs, and The Bay Area Animals) and focuses on a specific theme. All six are combined to create a full-length that nullifies any preconception of style and raises the artistic bar for future Mush releases.
|Genius. - Mixmag / Utterly Essential - NME / Enthralling - All Music Guide / Startlingly Original - Wax / Certainly Beautiful And Strange - Rock Sound / Fascinating And Addictive - Esquire / A Landmark Album - Seven / A never less than intriguing debut - Q / Unequivocally the finest space-rock-rap album of 2001 - Mojo
|This project came as somewhat of a shock to me. Not because of the sound, but the format. Six, count 'em, six ten-inch records each one released over a period of a time. But for me, they arrived as one package and I was a bit overwhelmed. They each have their own artwork and are neat and collectible. The sound... yeah, um, they're kind of weird and stuff. They have, like, some weird sounds, and some half-sung raps, and some other stuff. One moment you'll find yourself in the middle of a well-formed verse courtesy of Doseone and why?, and the next, it's an ambient soundscape not even remotely reminiscent of hip-hop. If your bothered by the pretentious aspect of some underground/weirdo rap, this pushes the edges so far that you needn't worry. - Life Sucks Die