|Ed209 - Stillexstatic EP [Voodoo Rhythm Devil]
The EP sort of continues that theme with a sort of sound track feel something which has deeply influenced Ed and affected his way of composing. Stillexstatic is uncompromising. The drums are super heavy and roll just as we are used to from this producer. The sounds are crisp and well mixed, the main sample being a looped snippet of some backward strings. Eyesofman spits in his local accent over the shuffling shakers. There is a touch of politics and a great deal of realism thrown into the raps.
Ed's gritty guitar based El Mariachi combines well for Cappo's obdurate and merciless delivery. The chorus of 'rip the party apart' doesn't totally fit with the lyrical content which is really Cappo flipping and twisting lyrics about himself and situations, but not really on too much of a party vibe for me. Yeahhs, stabs of horns and background shakers make for classic Hip Hop production, but nicely updated.
Konny Kon gets busy over the less manic Live From Siberia which is a touch more downbeat with the use of pianos and a mellow horn riff. The snare is still loud, but possibly the track is a bit disappointing next to the others.
The final MC track is the immense posse cut Bazaar Bomberz featuring all of the MCs is as lush in its production as its predecessors, but additionally supremely evocative as the composition as it switches from a hypnotic and blissful full on loop to a sparser eastern bouzouki riff section. There is something about this opus that could bring tears to a grown mans eyes and each of the MCs delivers verses that fit in with the track perfectly.
Fear & Television is just a little slow paced something to prepare for the B side. It is short but deep as Ed once again chooses his samples perfectly. A horn fanfare loops as a vocal plays about how TV is keeping people under manners.
The B side is the full instrumental soundtrack to the vocal A side. Ed's arrangements are complex utilising many sounds and varying patterns from bar to bar. This makes the instrumental more than your usual fodder to freestyle over. This plays like a classical symphony with the depth of orchestration employed. The full 12 minutes pass by seamlessly like a mixtape, or as I have mentioned before, an 80's film soundtrack.
Ed's attitude has always been that he is making music for himself and it is purely a bonus if punters are feeling it as well. This release though is a touch more melodic and perhaps not as remorseless as before, but, never the less it is still very hardcore and you need to be prepared for an aural battering. Having said that though, I can't really commend this highly enough. Go search it out. Ed is soon to be heard on another LP project provisionally entitled Drummers Die Young, which should appear on VRD records as well.
Production by ED209 ::
Mixed by ED209 & ADE :: Engineered by Mark 'The Gambler' Gamble 2004
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