|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 attempt a thickening of the soup with layered sounds and samples that are equivalent to the first Flying Saucer Attack album. Beneath the wash of sounds and over the muffled beats are real rappers, prone to the tricks of the trade including Beastie/Cypress Hill-style whines and the rapid-fire emission of lyrics. But it would be a gross simplification to call cLOUDDEAD some sort of post-rock hip-hop equivalent; well into the album the mix gets clearer and some of the source material becomes a little more insistent. Given that the CD is a compilation of a series of ten-inch EPs recorded from 1998-2000, the stylistic consistency plays off well against the gradual development that the group demonstrates. It doesn't really matter if this is some bold new step or highly idiosyncratic statement. What does matter is that cLOUDDEAD have come up with something new, beyond mere novelty. What they do with it will be very interesting to watch. - Your Flesh