LOVE LETTER TO A CLASSIC: CANNIBAL OX – THE COLD VEIN

LOVE LETTER TO A CLASSIC: CANNIBAL OX – THE COLD VEIN

Have you ever noticed when you’re insufferably cold, it’s all you can think about?  The body clenches and stutters in freezing temperatures, the mind craves warmth and refuge. Every action is shone through this prism. Pieces of music often elicit flickers of emotion, gently reviving impulses and thought trains - however, rarely do they conjure [...]

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

MALIBU KEN – SELF-TITLED (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

Let’s get this out of the way, Malibu Ken’s artwork is not pleasing to the eye. It’s repulsive, visceral, warped -  and yet, the grotesque portrait possesses an odd magnetism. With this adage, on their debut release, Aesop Rock and Tobacco prove that even when the finer details aren’t so fine, ugliness can be strangely [...]

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

SINGLE REVIEW: MALIBU KEN – ACID KING (RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT)

“The magic is black.”  In many ways, Aesop Rock’s opening gambit on ‘Acid King’ illustrates his approach. Known for dense lyricism and abstract imagery, Aesop’s style is a verbose nail bomb - yes, the explosion is dangerous, but it’s the little pieces that you need to watch out for.  An alumnus of legendary - and [...]