|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
|Somewhere between hip-hop and outright sonic experimentation, you'll find this. The tracks that fill this album are not so much songs as they are mini-epics. The songs don't tend to have traditional names either. Take the second track, "apt. A (2)." It begins as a brand of sing-songy hip-hop, then breaks into chaotic instrumentation. Then, the vocals pick up again and are accompanied by light instrumentation and the sounds of wine glasses and a blender. Then there's "and all you can do is laugh (2)," which is an instrumental piece featuring lots of scratches, before breaking off into several minutes of obscure samples. It's hard to know exactly what this crew is going for at any given time, but the album is a pleasure to listen to and is often very soothing. On "I promise never to get paint on my glasses again (1)," the vocalists spit out pages of abstract lyrics, while the background music morphs several times. Considering all the repetitive drivel that keeps getting thrown at listeners, this album is one of the most refreshing additions to the hip-hop genre in a long while. Pick this one up. - Spill