Release Date: Mar 16, 2004
Record label: Mush
Genre(s): Indie, Experimental, Rap
Between Public Enemy's rage, De la Soul's daisy age and DJ Shadow's flotsam and jetsam, hip-hop has visited some very strange places but perhaps none quite so oblique as that explored by San Francisco's cLOUDDEAD. Rappers Doseone and Why? and beats man Nosdam follow their eponymous 2001 debut with music created from depth charges and a children's choir impersonating a dog. The band's explanation of their sound with words like "no musicness" and "oaklandazulity" hardly clears the mist but after a few listens Ten emerges as an extremely clever audio novel.