|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
|cLOUDDEAD is the magical melding of minds of manic mavericks Doseone and his housemates why? and producer odd nosdam. To describe this collection of quirky collages as muddy or murky is a massive understatement. Here, an eclectic selection of samples and chanted vocals sound like they've been repeatedly put through a cement mixer, left to set, crushed up and put through the cement mixer again and again and again, until they could all agree that they'd got the finished product. Definitely more than the sum of it's inconsistent parts, there is something extremely powerful about these tracks which rarely engage with my surface intellect but somehow penetrate and resonate to my core as if my psyche was a spinning top. - UK Hip-Hop