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Manhattan's favorite son and one of indie hip hop's fastest rising names, Aesop sets it off with the title track "Daylight" a standout cut from the LP, and continues with five exclusive new cuts plus the irresistible track "Maintenance".
Listening to the Daylight EP is like listening to the ambient noise of the city, amplified and thrown in your face like an unexpected assault from a passer-by. Aesop Rock's city is NYC and he knows every inch and every crack - "Nickel Plated Pockets" throws out rhymes so real you can almost smell the drains or hear the rustle of change as he swerves to avoid the "horns, jackhammers and brake whistles". The title track is one of the strongest from Labor Days, Aesop Rock's critically acclaimed debut, but it's the new material here that impresses. Frantic and paranoid, "Bracket Basher" is full of disjointed down tempo beats and insomniac rhymes that dissolve into a slam poetry style delivery, while "Maintenance" with its sinister vocoder samples is crying out for a more danceable remix. "Alchemy" on the other hand has brooding piano samples and rhymes that come so thick and fast the layers of meaning need careful dissection. But one thing is clear, as Blueprint rants "I make a sad fan appreciate rap again," you won't help but agree. --Caroline Butler
Top Customer Reviews
In addition to his outstanding and distinctive flow, he has perfectly meaningless lyrics, giving him the voice of a cynical narrator to contemporary culture. He'll plow through lines so strangely that you'll only be able to pick up bits and pieces of his words. What you will pick up will usually be something strange and funny like "this origami dream is beutiful but man those wings will never leave the ground without a feather and a lottery ticket now settle down."
What I like about this EP specifically is that it has some El-P production on it. Also, Blueprint is good on "Alchemy."
Anyway, unless the esteemed reviewer who refers to himself as "Pike" works for pitchforkmedia.com, he's plagiarizing pitchfork reviewer Nitsuh Abebe's review on Aesop's "Labor Days" album. You can probably spot it where a bad review suddenly turns into a good review. Here's the stolen material:
"That last line's from "Save Yourself," which collects Ace's comments on the How We Do Hip-Hop question-- he's undie, of course, here with his sonically progressive Def Jux release, so clearly he's going to drop some invective on this Important Issue. His take, though? Forget it: "Maybe you ought to try saving something other than hip-hop," insightful advice no matter what genre you insert at the end. "Pistons pump perfect," he says, then, "what you're holding ain't really broken." And for the duration of Labor Days, it's pretty clear that in the hands of someone with something to use it for, it's not, not at all."
If you can't write your own review, then don't.
*F_CK RUSSELL SIMONS
Most recent customer reviews
Aesop expands a little on Labor days, and leans more towards his Bazooka tooth, electronic side. Buy this if you like labor days/float and want a little more. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Eric Auner
this man has been at his game for awhile, and it shows. for all the real heads out there this is a household name, no matter what coast your on, or land locked for that matter. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by XRodgCC
This cd is really awesome!Anybody who is on this page looking obviously knows it too so get the word around about Aesop Rock, this guy is dope.Buy this, its a must must must have.Published on July 25 2003 by Aesop_Rock
Well okay I like the cd but when it comes to listening to it all the time,. No ! Number one is my favorite for the beat they have in the back.Published on May 10 2003
For real he is. This EP is amazing... ill flows and hot beats. he raps about gritty life in a urban surrounding, not crystal and bentleys. Read morePublished on July 24 2002 by P Burke
This EP is excellent. While it is not as conceptual as his previous release the Labor Days LP, it is full of even more energy. Read morePublished on May 1 2002 by J. B. Ware
I cant believe how popular he is getting, but I think he deserves 100% of it. This CD is nearly flawless, get rid of the track with Blueprint (Alchemy) and this would be perfect. Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by DJ-H-OS