|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
|Decomposition by Thavius Beck is definitely one to check for: dense and questing instrumental hip-hop and chopped beats are blended with all sorts of modern production into an indie electronic post-genre mush, while Thavius himself and a few guest emcees get stuck into some intense and explorative thematics and styles. The whole thing is a bit of a conceptual assault, with vocal samples talking about abnormal psychology texts, babbling in German, giving simplistic motivational speeches, describing the "judgement of all movies" with schizophrenic passion, or reading from Revelations. Thavius feels the strain of complexity, but holds it together well, with thick layers of synth chords, mutated melodic loops, and plenty of attention to detail throughout. It's not easy or particularly soothing, but it is intelligent, well-crafted, and forward thinking music for an increasingly confused world, and will reward repeated plays. - Undercover