|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
|I just bought this taking a risk, never having heard of either Aesop Rock or Mush. I'm pleasantly surprised. Musically the tracks sound like Premier in terms of jazziness and starkness. But they're not copies, they have their own style and ambience, mixing bizarre loops with naked 606 snares and low bass synths. The loops are all fresh and pushed in different ways. Even if you recognize the source (for example, cheeky rips of Blade Runner), the way they're integrated is original and not obvious. If anything, you want to hear more. "Breakfast with Blockhead" is just a thirty-six second interlude but it'd make a killer track. Overall, the sound is very close, clean and bare. My fave track is "Skip Town" because it's the perfect mix of music and rapping. Unlike a lot of new hip-hop, Aesop isn't trying to sound at all Wu-Tang or Master P. There's a lot of multi-line, fast, staccato rapping interspersed with slower, looser flows. Closest comparisons would be Masta Ace or perhaps Del. Buy this album if you like hip-hop that's trying to push ahead rather than copy success. Don't buy it if you're looking for another G thang. - Bzangy