|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
|I have heard the birth of acid-hop, and its name is cLOUDDEAD. This album marks a huge and much-needed musical departure toward a future of new possibility in hip-hop. Imagine that Brian Eno, Godspeed You Black Emperor and Rza got together in the studio with De La Soul and Kool Keith. Ambient waves of minor synthesizer chords and finely harmonized off-rhymes sung without melody fuse into what could easily stand in for the soundtrack of Forbidden Planet. "Should the rules by which a desert cactus lives be adopted by a sycamore as well?" one of the voices asks, echoing William Blake's infamous line "One law for the lion and ox is oppression." Then, as soon as you think you've got a grip on a lyric, it quickly disappears into a surrealist schizophrenia: "I taught myself to survive a four story fall wearing a space suit and dead Englishman's socks." This trio composed of poet emcees Doseone, why? and producer odd nosdam collaborate with Illogic, Dj Signify, Sole, the Wolf Bros., Mr. Dibbs, and The Bay Area Animals, to create the perfect soundtrack to your dreams, waking and otherwise. My favorite new (ish) album! - Colorado Springs Independent