|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
|Very political and unpredictable release with Circus on the mic, and Andre Afram Asmar controlling the boards. There is a lot to take in, starting with the opening track "Bully" and spreading throughout "Holy Blood" which slams George W. and Saddam Hussein, by asking the question, "who really is the one pushing people around?" This release is very compelling, and is so because not only is Circus venting his thoughts, but he also leaves the listener with some food for thought to form their own opinions to. Songs about aliens, paranoia and space sex make for an out-of-earth experience that turns into an intergalactic ride with silly samples of sounds and voices intertwined. - Impact Press