Soul De Rey 2
DJ/producer EvillDewer may not be on the level of someone like, say, Madlib — he would need 20 years of experience, a half-dozen aliases, and to release a new album every month (like the LA producer did two years ago) to match that level of output. But aside from those disqualifiers, the scary thing is that there isn’t much else separating the two. On “Soul de Rey 2,” his second album this year after the sonically jarring, psychedelic-influenced “Rap Ish,” EvillDewer returns to a more accessible sound: Warbling organs and chimes give a breaking dawn flavor to “All Rise,” while “Late Night With Evill” eases into the album’s b-side by polishing off a reclaimed saxophone sample and turning it into a throbbing pulse of the beat. In between, there are harsher departures like “The Filth,” a grimy piece of urban menace that would do Mobb Deep proud, and “The Heat,” a minimalist gangster strut with a stifled drum loop wrapped around a glitchy, ethereal vocal sample. Like MF Doom and Alchemist, however, EvillDewer also inserts personality and a distinctive flavor to the proceedings with interludes that add an atmospheric touch. Madlib, watch your back.
Essential “Standing Ovation”
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