|MH-214 AWOL One & Daddy Kev - Slanguage
AWOL One and Daddy Kev are back together to follow up the underground hits, Souldoubt and Number 3 On The Phone with Slanguage: hip-hop's take on free jazz. Daddy Kev has crafted a fifty-minute soundscape using minor-keyed pianos, brushed drums, stand-up bass, and jazz guitars over methodically programmed beats and the virtuoso turntable manipulation of D-Styles. AWOL One's lyrics are genius in their simplicity, yet hide double meanings and depth, and his voice remains one of the most recognizable in the business. Movements interweave without constraint, tracks start, stop, then start again, and the line between full vocal track, instrumental, and interlude is blurred beyond recognition.
|Chock full of slang language that rivals the hip-hop norm, Slanguage puts avant-garde on its ass - Ghetto Blaster / AWOL One and Daddy Kev manage to always stay ahead of you as they lead you into fresh territory - Pop Matters / Beat heads will go bonkers - Synthesis / Release of the Month. 5/5 - Muzik
|Awol One, Daddy Kev and D-Styles return with their third collaboration in two years. Slanguage is a welcome 180-degree psychedelic spin into classical, jazz, and opera, to create beats that most often deserve to be instrumentals. Daddy Kev has neatly weaved one constantly changing composition that is almost arbitrarily separated into tracks and given song titles that couldn't be stranger if they were written by the Invisibl Skratch Picklz. Like one sample says on "Idiot Savant Autistic Delivery:" "I let the music take me where it takes me / The fun is when you get the great moments." And Awol delivers. "Bladder Sweat" starts strong with double-time raps before flipping some other styles, and "Finger Paint with Bloodlike War Paint" puts great vocals over a majestic choir and boom-bap. He even sounds like his old self on "Mechanical Angel in Purgatory" while "Bootleg Monster Movies" lets loose the psychedelic funk in freeform to get the closest to the strange and experimental side of Awol that first attracted me with Evil Cow Burger's "Live From Limbo." - Exclaim!