|MH-202 Aesop Rock - Float
"So I heard you all want to float" bellows Aesop Rock, causing the flood gates to burst. Aesop Rock's first full-length effort, Float, contains twenty tracks of Avenue A hip-hop deluge and exemplifies the classic explosiveness of the sub-terra MC. It is the sound of a new New York underground speaking in full. With pinpoint production handled by Aesop and his main man, Blockhead, Float roars and rushes to the forefront. The release features guest appearances by Vastaire of Cannibal Ox, Slug of Atmosphere, and Doseone of Anticon. Dense in meaning and gorgeous in sound, Aesop holds nothing back, creating a work destined to become a landmark. Float is one of the year's most anticipated underground hip-hop releases and one that delivers on each and every line.
|Hip-hop as gritty and complex as the alphabet city streets he hails from - CMJ / Will hypnotize you - XLR8R / Damn-near-genius wordplay - AP / An MC who is so uniquely dope, he absolutely demands attention - Exclaim! / Awe-inspiring - Mixer / Makes most current hip-hop sound downright infantile – Resonance
|For Aesop Rock, the latest in a long line of New York City polysyllabic pontificators, playing with his monotone vocals adds depth to his murky flow. Aesop's voice is a rich, flat bass cut with a thin growl; through its resonance, he's able to explore the variations within a timbre to access a vast emotional range. There's eager expectance in "Basic Cable:" "I wanna see the five-day forecast fouteen days in advance / So I can give my two weeks' notice every time the sun dance." On "Garbage" he endures epic disappointment: "I'd rather take the time to burn every last bridge I've ever crossed beneath the sun than live my life knowing you may one day follow me over one." On "6B Panorama" Aesop eschews soul-searching for stream of consciousness, documenting the ever-evolving East Village outside his apartment window. Throughout, he purrs contentedly, knowing that his vision will always poke through the haze. - Spin