|MH-228 Circus Vs. Andre Afram Asmar - Gawd Bless The Faceless Cowards
Gawd Bless The Faceless Cowards counters the left of left-field raps of Circus (head honcho of the Shapeshifters) with Andre Afram Asmar’s elaborate, dub inflected world-beats. The results collage the socially relevant tones and playfulness of daisy-age hip-hop with the otherworldly word and sound barrage of space-rap. Asmar’s bed of glitchy, expertly processed rhythms pulse and flow as Circus' stream of consciousness lyrics dissect religious dogma, political power struggles, alien abductions, reptilian invaders, doomed relationships, and sucker MCs. A true collaboration, both artists veer slightly from their established forms to produce this strange and often hilarious joyride.
|This is an ambitious, highly intelligent record - Metro.Pop / Highly recommended - In the Mix / Very Compelling - Impact Press / Better than any other anti-Bush record this year - CMJ / Circus's most accessible release to date - Exclaim! / A mind-bending lyrical and musical journey - Tucson Citizen
|Along with the wicked Radioinactive (vinyl now in stock, aaach) Circus puts the fun back in left-field hip-hop. Check the cover that shows an alien from the TV series V with the face of George Dubyah in his hands. Produced with an eastern flair by Andre Afram Asmar it's a tortured mind outpouring grievances onto paper along some serious messages and ideas in the verbal wreckage. Topics hit are of course anti American, injustice and related. The lyrics read more like a non linear diary entry than standard hip-hop speak. No matter, if you dive in deep enough you'll find an amazing world of music unlike any other. A lunatic prophet indeed. - Boomkat