Dälek

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En­dan­gered Philoso­phies

IPECAC. CD/DL/LP

Ne­wark hip-hop noiseniks stretch their pi­o­neer­ing sound to the lim­its.

Twenty years since their de­but EP Ne­gro Ne­cro Nekros suc­cess­fully mar­ried in­dus­trial, metal, shoegaze and am­bi­ent with clat­ter­ing break­beats, Dälek’s dense sound­scapes sound more vi­tal than ever. On their sev­enth stu­dio out­ing the toxic sub­ject mat­ter rarely strays from the mod­ern hor­rors out­lined on last year’s stri­dent come­back As­phalt For Eden (war, big busi­ness, de­cay­ing so­cial fab­ric), amid fresh in­stru­men­tal epipha­nies in the dark walls of squalling noise con­jured from Mike Man­teca’s feed-back­ing gui­tars and pro­ducer rEK’s sludgy, headnodic beats. MC Dälek’s in­dig­nant im­agery can be tricky to un­pick, yet his barbed lines are hard to dis­lodge on Weapons and Bat­tle­cries. If we take as read David Hep­worth’s as­ser­tion that we live in a hip-hop world, Dälek re­main its per­pet­ual out­siders; bat­ting back re­ac­tionary forces while find­ing rare tran­scen­dence through static and noise.

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