|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
|A lot of electronic-based musicians and producers make reference to jazz music and its instrumentation in their sampling and arranging; mostly from the post-bop and cool eras. For a good chunk of this disc, Los Angeles hip-hop producer Daddy Kev (aka Kevin Marques Moo) stretches the backing tracks to the far reaches in a true free-jazz spirit. Kev combines soloing drums, upright bass, funky loops, guitar runs and other ambient sounds with precise turntable manipulation provided by D-Styles. The unique voice of Awol One plays off of these tracks with free-association/spoken-word riffs that range from humorous to serious for a new take on beat poetry (no pun intended). Tracks such as "Finger Paint with Bloodlike War Paint" "Grey Skys in Psycho-Delic RGB" and "Buyin' Friends on Ebay" kick along to steady rhymes and beats with quotes from orchestras, saxophone and piano. "Idiot Savant Autistic Delivery" opens with a spoken-word sample about playing free music that Awol One throws in his own dialogue to give a sense of conversation. Steady hi-hat lays down a groove for Fender Rhodes and bass to convey an all too brief 70's soundtrack for a cop show chase sequence that is scratched with vocal samples. As jazz and rap are said to be closely related, it was just a matter of time before free jazz and fusion made their way into the hybrid of hip-hop so prominently. - The Brainwashed Brain