Dälek – Absence

Now this is a very interesting and unique hip hop group that I have discovered. I saw them recommended in, of all places, a Katatonia forum. Dälek consists of two members: MC Dälek on vocals/co-producer and Oktopus as producer. Dälek’s sound can be described as drone industrial music with hip hop drumming. Lyrically, they speak of social commentary and issues affecting urban society. Their album, Absence, is their “heaviest” and most drone/industrial album. The repetitive drone of the music can become quite hypnotic as the hip hop drum beats add to that hypnotic feel. As can be expected from drone music is that the album can get quite repetitive and the songs tend to blend into each other. Dälek is definitely a unique group in underground hip hop, and sadly it seems the group is on definite hiatus. The rest of their albums are similar in style, but incorporate more genres in their style of drone hip hop. I don’t know very much about hip hop, but this is a album worth checking out—it definitely does not fit into the stereotype of hip hop.

Genre: Drone, Industrial, Underground Hip Hop
Country: USA
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release: September 7, 2004

1. Distorted Prose
2. Asylum (Permanent Underclass)
3. Culture For Dollars
4. Absence
5. Beast Caged
6. Koner
7. In Midst Of Struggle
8. Eyes to Form Shadows
9. Ever Somber
10. Opiate The Masses

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