Release Date: Sep 1, 2017
Record label: Ipecac
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Noise
Dälek has always been an act ahead of its time. Beginning their career before Death Grips came into prominence, or Shabazz Palaces tampered with the core hip-hop sound, Dälek was a pioneering force in crossing over the boundaries of music genres. Founded in the late ‘90s by MC Dälek and Oktopus, the duo projected their experimental vision of hip-hop, in a holistic approach encompassing elements of shoegaze and krautrock, and since then they have been exploring its endless possibilities.
Dälek are perhaps more relevant now than they were in their heyday in the '00s. The group initially got attention for their noisy and intense brand of hip-hop that incorporated elements of drone, shoegaze and metal in an era when rap was moving towards mass commercialism, peaking with their acclaimed 2005 album Absence. On albums such as that one and From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots, producer Oktopus's experimental and genre-bending production formed a perfect balance with MC Dalek's rough and cynical lyricism that harkened back to '90s ….