|MH-223 Thavius Beck - Decomposition
The sprawling arrangements on Thavius Beck's Mush debut, Decomposition burrow into the listeners brain with a mix of melodic samples, chopped breaks, pulsating synths, and head-swirling delay, then morph into genre-bending sound paintings adorned with hallucinogenic vocal samples. Four vocal tracks, "Open Your F*@!ing Eyes" (featuring vocals by Thavius Beck himself), "June Gloom" (vocals by Subtitle), "Amongst the Shadows" (vocals by Cedric Bixler-Zavala of Mars Volta), and "Demons of Destruction" (vocals by Longevity of Darkleaf) find homes among instrumental tracks that are as densely layered and expertly crafted as is found in modern electronic music. Decomposition is a work worthy of extended headphone listening.
|Should pin you by the very first track - Urb / Heady and intense throughout - Metro.Pop / You can't stop listening - Pop Matters / A must have for hip-hop fans who see a future for the genre beyond the dancefloor - San Francisco Examiner / Close your eyes, swallow, and get to know true enlightenment - Absorb
|Ever wonder what would happen if Sinister recorded an album? No? Well here it is anyway. He'd probably use dark, sprawling hip-hop and drum and bass beats while he mentions different ways you will die. Thavius Beck takes a similar approach on his first full-length. Decomposition imagines the apocalypse erupting from your easy chair, covering a multitude of head-nodding beat styles, while hip-hop still courses through its veins. The whole thing holds you down by the ankles with its haunting production, which often sounds like beatmakers Controller 7 or Jel being held in the studio at gunpoint by Aphex Twin. "June Gloom" features a guest spot by Subtitle, though with the crazy choral arrangements, you'd swear God would come out and kill it on the second verse. Longevity of Darkleaf also makes an appearance near the end, though Decomposition should pin you by the very first track. - Urb