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It is often said that hip-hop is more than the sum of its elements. It is, among other things, also the idea that the most varied elements can make up hip-hop. Here, hip-hop (in the form of rhythmic vocals & drum work) itself turns into an element contributing to yet another amalgam. But while hip-hop is part of the potpourri that is "A New White", it is clearly overshadowed by Subtle's playing with indie rock & IDM staples. Either way, from the not-so-subtle ("The Long Vein of the Law") to the really subtle (the closing "She" & "Stiff Fruit"), this album is an exciting listening experience that will have a hip-hop head wondering what all the lengthy definitions & empty declarations hip-hop has to endure are worth when six people can come along & incorporate it so seamlessly into the greater realm of music.
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Themselves are Dose's more conventional (though swaying from convention) hip hop group. cLOUDDEAD is Dose's more experimental hip hop (if you consider it hip hop) group. Subtle is right in the middle of both of those groups. You could consider Subtle as Themselves more experimental, or as CLOUDDEAD with more focus. One thing is I find this band to be darker than both.
"I Love L.A.", my personal favorite of the album, has some unusual production for an Anticon outfit. It is melancholy (which isn't totally unusual for Anticon), but it's beautiful all the same. It's got soft acoustic guitars, violins, beauty. This song emphasizes Doses' genius: he knows how to make any music and beat work for himself. "F.K.O." on the other hand is the most straight forward song on the album. It's has the typically great Jel beat, which Dose is well at home with. "Hand-Replacement" is another wonderfully dark song with a very melodic chorus. "Silence..." is another good song with an amazing ending. "Red, White & Blonde" is really unlike anything you've heard from Dose yet, and it works. Pitchforkmedia.com likened it to material by The Books, though I wouldn't know that reference. The rest of the songs are really good too. "She", "Meat Song", "Eyewash", they're all good. In eleven of the tracks, I found no song I didn't like. On a five star scale system, I'd likely rate every song above a four, which is something I could never do with all Themselves and cLOUDDEAD releases.
If you like cLOUDDEAD & Themselves, you'd like this. Though I wouldn't say more, because I do prefer cLOUDDEAD myself. Being a fan of Dose One is really rewarding. I mean the guy does not stop working, and his visions are fruitful. If you are one of the few people who can stand Dose One's eccentric musical nature, it's positive after postive from there. Buy this album.
To say that this album is ahead of its time is an understatment.
The rapping/singing is in the line of Dose One's characteristic, almost stream of consciousness assault... If you've never heard him before, this album is a great introduction. His voice exudes personality... His delivery covers the whole range, and there are few other vocalists who can sound simultaneously emotional while being sarcastic and almost cartoonish. It really is something that can't be effectively described.
I have no clue what kind of genre this would fall under, but isn't that irrelevent anyway? This music combines so many diverse influences into one cohesive sound - It's hip hop, it's breakbeat, it's rock, it's ambient... it's practically everything, it's something completely different altogether, and it's always good.
I don't know what that one reviewer was talking about.... with it being overly glitch heavy, and then saying that he was gonna break out some Aphex Twin. I doubt this guy was even listening to the same album, and even if he was, at least listen to the actual record instead of some low-quality sound clips off the bleep site before you come on Amazon and spout your uninformed garbage. That guy made this album sound as though it had something in common with Venetian Snares, and that just couldn't be further from the truth (although V Snares is great as well).
Every track is solid, and the album gets better every time you hear it. You will not regret a cent you spend on this album. This album needs to be noticed, and I truly do hope that it is appreciated as a landmark. People will be listening to it slackjawed in 2025 and say "THIS was made in 2005??!?!"
giving a fresh breath to music, soon to be cherished by scholars, while they dig up my body 4000 years from now, subtle is an instant treasure don't dig it up later, get it now.