|MH-268 Deru - Say Goodbye To Useless
Say Goodbye To Useless is Deru’s third full-length release, and his first for Mush Records. While you will find similar aesthetics to his previous releases – moody, atmospheric sounds, haunting melodies and organic textures – they are augmented by his most mature song-writing and cutting-edge beats to date. The album pays homage to classic genres and structures while cultivating a 22nd century smart-party ethic that will snatch the ear of the snobbiest beat head. Deru’s listeners will continue to appreciate his drive for challenging them as much as he challenges himself.
|This is definitely for fans of older Lusine but with a bit more noise, damage and darkness. - ISO50 / Say Goodbye To Useless is a pretty smart record all round. - The Milk Factory / Benjamin Winn’s third album, his debut for San Fran’s weird hoppers Mush, makes for spooky listen.- Clash / A fabulous effort and the first great album of 2010. - The Intricate Mess
|LA based producer Benjamin Wynn (Deru) makes what I hesitate to call hip-hop, only because past records with Neo-Ouija and Merck have been so electronic, and a collaboration with British composer Talbot was a confluence of the digital and the orchestral. In short, Wynn makes ART music. But Say Goodbye To Useless is both an expansion of those excursions and a firmly hip-hop production in its appropriative aesthetic and predominantly regularized beat arrangements. And "arrangement" is not too exquisite a term to lavish on these instrumental pieces. The album opening captures his moves aptly. "I Would Like's" haunting repro of The Singing Nun leads into "I Want," based on the verse-vocal sample of the prior track - set together, the two form an elegant suite of dissonant and dark themes in complex byplay with the rhythmic backcloth - Signal To Noise