|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
|It's hard to find more abstract underground hip-hop these days than the ragged beats coming out of Mush records. New York emcee Aesop Rock never met a convoluted metaphor he didn't like, which makes for a compelling seventy minutes of music. Float moves slowly but is crammed with ideas, from eclectic beats - ranging from a roots reggae shuffle and orchestral epics to harmonica-laced rockers and spooky, vibe-driven mood pieces - to Aesop Rock's own stumbling flow. One has to listen to it half a dozen times to figure out what he's on about, and while twenty tracks might seem excessive, you get the impression that something would be missing if he cut one or two. - Now Toronto