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Daylight [EP]

Aesop Rock Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Daylight
2. Night Light
3. Nickel Plated Pockets
4. Alchemy (featuring Blueprint)
5. Forest Crunk
6. Bracket Basher
7. Maintenance

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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

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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".

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4.4 out of 5 stars
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If you have any appreciation for hip hop, you will notice that Aesop Rock can spit a crazy complicated rap effortlessly. He has a style that stands far away from anyone I have ever heard and probably ever will hear. Every once in a while, he seems to extend a line far longer than the one before. All throughout, he escapes having an obvious pattern to anything. This is not hip-hop-by-numbers.
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."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plagiarism Oct. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
To head off any conclusion you might be (understandably) jumping to, let me clarify: Ace Rock is not a plagiarist. Ace Rock is one of the greatest artists working in Hip Hop today, and (hopefully) he'll only get better. It's just an EP, so it's not quite up to par with one of his full-lengths (which you shoud definitely pick up).
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good...but not as good April 2 2002
Format:Audio CD
Everything Aesop Rock has done is worth owning and listening to over and over and over again. He really is just one of THE best artists around right now. I love all of the Def Jux artists, Quannum etc., but he is at the top by far. With that said, AR's Daylight EP is a good snack until a next LP comes out. I like the daylight/nightlight contrast (first two tracks), the latter being the "opposite" of the first. He just continues to tell it like it is with intricate rhymes and great beats/samples. The instrumental "Forest Crunk" is great, very chill. "Maintenance" really keeps the Labor Days sound while "Bracket Basher", "Alchemy" and "Nickel Plated Pockets" have a different, more aggressive style to them. It is hard to put EP up next to Float or Labor Days just b/c it is only like 7 or 8 songs. Overall it is just not as good. I don't know how he can get any better, but I said that after Float came out. Labor Days was just as good for different reasons. Basically just get all of his stuff. Labor Days can be found here on Amazon and Float can be found on the Mush Records website. Appleseed is impossible to find and Music For Earthworms is even more impossible..unless you just happen to know the guy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AESOP DROPS ANOTHER WINNER Feb. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
**Before reading this review you should know that I am a huge Aesop Rock fan and my be a little biased. Keep in mind i did my best to give a good representation of this particular work.** Aesop Rock' new ep "Day Light" is a great follow up of his "Labor Days" album. It shows his growth as an emcee and a producer. Block Head manages to take his own production up a knoch as well, yet holds onto that classic Aesop sound. Production on the ep also includes El Producto (company flow) and Blueprint (greenhouse effect). El p's beat on Nickle Plated Pockets is definetly dope ad adds a nice variety. El p is very good at making a beat that suits a rapper very well, and in this case he blends his own sound with Aesop's very well. Blueprint produces and rapps on "alchemy": this is probably my favorite song on the album. Aesop takes a chance and slows his flow down consierably, and nails it. The ep also includes "Maintainance" which was on the "coma" 12" and a secret song. I admit that Aesop is not for eveyone, but if you're diggin the whole Def Jux* scene than you will definitivly feel this ep.
*F_CK RUSSELL SIMONS
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aesop King Of Rock Aug. 14 2002
By Pike
Format:Audio CD
"Daylight," Labor Days' initial standout, works from a long, plush melodic loop with a wood flute sighing over it Ace's message is that life can be hard but that's all the more reason to shut your mouth and work on something that makes you happy. Essentially. That last line's from "Save Yourself," (from Labor days) 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 releases, 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 and Daylight EP, it's pretty clear that in the hands of someone with something to use it for, it's not, not at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop is still the greatest
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 more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Eric Auner
5.0 out of 5 stars feed your brain
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 more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by XRodgCC
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MUSIC!GREAT CD!
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Fables ?
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 by "ganzuelo"
5.0 out of 5 stars Aesop rock is the mozart of words
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 more
Published on July 24 2002 by P Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent release from Aesop Rock
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 more
Published on May 1 2002 by J. B. Ware
4.0 out of 5 stars Aesop Rock is blowin up, jump on the band wagon now!!!!
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 more
Published on April 15 2002 by DJ-H-OS
5.0 out of 5 stars Why haven't you bought this yet?
If you already have Labor days, I recommend copping this EP as well. "Daylight" is a repeat joint, but this song is sick, it is worth listening to twice as much. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002 by "smoove-b"
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