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DLEK - From filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Ici d'Ailleurs IDA074LP
Release Year: 2015
Note: re-issue of their first album from 2002 - atmospheric, experimental Hip Hop with great suction !
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €25.00

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Reissue This avant-garde hip-hop stuff is spreading faster than anti-Arab sentiment on September 12th. You know the stuff of which I speak; hip-hop built from samples harder to grasp than a wall of Jell-O, whose time signatures change faster than a 15 year-old girl's fashion sense, all strung around beats dirtier than the old man asleep at the bus stop. Innovators like cLOUDDEAD, El-P, and the Anticon Crew have been redefining what hip-hop is for years now, so it's nice that people are finally starting to take notice. If you've been paying any attention, you know what's bound to happen next: the market will glut, and innovation will make way for imitation.
But first, Dlek returns to the scene, fresh off collaborations with Faust, Techno Animal and Kid606, with a sophomore album inventive enough to extend avant-garde hip-hop's stay in the limelight for, at the very least, a few more weeks. (.) As an emcee, Dlek shows off a rare versatility, equally capable of straight rhyming and formless spoken word. As a poet, Dlek has a grasp on subtlety that most will never approach. And as a collective, Dlek have achieved the seemingly impossible: successfully bridging the conventional and the experimental in a way that respects both at once. It's a risky endeavor-- one that threatens to alienate fans of both disciplines. But it's this very risk that makes Dlek's music so very affecting.