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.