|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
|Technically, Circus and Andre are teammates here, but one understands why they frame their collab as a competition. Asmar's beats are of the thunderous, late-'80s variety, which Circus has rightly taken as a challenge. Conflating alien invasions with modern culture, he valiantly outshouts them. - Download