|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
|A collection of twelve ten-inch record sides, this album represents a couple years' work. But what is it, anyway? I'm struggling with that question. The easy answer is that cLOUDDEAD is comprised of why?, odd nosdam and Doseone, with a few friends along for the ride. These folks exist on the fringe of coherent experimental electronic music - on the hip-hop tip. The rhyming kinda keeps the songs in tow, while the wonderfully warped beat work and atmospheric electronic backdrop do everything they can to takes these songs to other dimensions. Often, they succeed. At no point does any of this get dull. The creative ferment behind this album must be something to behold. I'm blown away. Anyone with half an interest in either underground hip-hop or the experimental side of electronic should be most pleased with this disc. - Aiding & Abetting