|MH-235 Busdriver - Fear Of A Black Tangent
With the most cohesive work of his career, Busdriver turns his razor sharp wit on his place in the music industry with his new full-length release, Fear Of A Black Tangent. It is the follow-up to his career establishing release, Temporary Forever. Songs covering small club touring, independent music promotion, and the barrage of uninspired hip-hop releases on the market all contribute to the album's theme of trying to break as a emerging artist. Busdriver has taken a year's worth of material and trimmed it down to thirteen impressive tracks that range from lightning fast Project Blowed style raps to sing-song pop. The album features production by Daedelus, Danger Mouse, Thavius Beck, Omid, and Paris Zax and has guest appearances by fellow Project Blowed MCs Abstract Rude, Ellay Khule, Mikah-9, and 2Mex.
|Outstanding - Urb / Genius - BBC / Experimental and fresh - Hip-Hop Connection / Intoxicating - Straight No Chaser / Decidedly cool and deadly - XLR8R / Treads where most wouldn't dare - DJ / Busdriver straight kills it - Hour / Certainly the best I've heard in a long time - Indigo Flow
|Even the title of the album gives the game away. It's a non-subtle homage towards hip-hop heroes Public Enemy - however the dude known as Busdriver is not into serious political hip-hop, oh no. This is off the wall entertainment overload. The album took a while to hit, obviously the laid back sing-a-long grooves of the standout track "Unemployed Black Astronaut" starts to become the focus of the album from which the rest of the fun hangs off - especially as the track is recalled up towards the albums end, with its laid back psychedelic guitar loops and madcap lyrical lines easily making this one of my fave tracks of the year so far. Now, a whole LP of that kinda style would be nice, but wouldn't make the album longstanding, so it's to Busdrivers advantage that he dips his toes into a whole bunch of other styles of funky loops and moods to keep the listener totally on board. Whether its the piano riffed and cutup of "Avantcore," the sampledelica overload of "Wormholes," or the wonderful string section enhanced "Map Your Psyche," the album is a scattershot mish mash of weirdness and displaced samples. Busdriver's humour and personality permeates so strongly that as I listened to the album more I began to pick up on the man nuances and began to focus elsewhere and realise that I was seriously falling for the album. For example - listen to the music biz baiting "Cool Band Buzz" - he's not holding back on the whole hype machine, but doesn't sound bitter - just having fun at the whole shindig making for a refreshing change. Jump on board for the perfect hip-hop antidote to the current plastic grooves that dominate the airwaves. - I Really Love Music