Saturday, June 20, 2009

El-P – Fantastic Damage (2002)

One of my favourite producers of late. His newest album I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is pretty sweet too, but I think I prefer this one.
While hip hop producers generally tend to mine the past (sampling records from the 60s and 70s) and often aim for a lo-fi aesthetic, this album has a definite futurist feel to it. The beats are dense, cold and relentless, with lots of harsh robotic sounds and bleepity-blooping synth lines. The vocals are typically delivered at a rapid-fire pace. I have a hard time telling what he’s talking about, but he sounds pretty pissed most of the time. Anyway, it's really nice stuff. Check it out.

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