Dälek – Gutter Tactics

Dälek is a unique anomaly in underground hip-hop. They combine the beats of hip-hop with industrial drone noise music. The result is a hypnotic journey through the decay of urban society. Gutter Tactics is the duos fifth full-length album, and unfortunately, it seems they are currently on indefinite hiatus. As with their other releases, the music is quite repetitive as a result of the continuous drone. Walls of noise and industrial drone meander along and ceaselessly flow from track to track and never really end. Hip hop drum beats accompany these sounds, while a variety of politically and socially oriented lyrics are rapped. The vocals are a little low in the mix and are often blended into the wall of industrial noise. Gutter Tactics opens with a speech by controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright before the drone rap begins. The drone does not let up until the fourth track of Who Medgar Evers Was… when the drone simply slows down to slow-motion. A Collection of Miserable Thoughts Laced With Wit is a slower track that has considerably less of the drone music and wall of noise, but those aspects soon return. Gutter Tactics is another solid album from Dälek that continues in the same style as their prior releases. The use of drone music distinguishes Dälek from their more conventional hip-hop peers, but it is also this drone music that may make them difficult to listen to. The music is quite repetitive and the effect soon wears off; however, Gutter Tactics is still another hypnotic hip-hop album that may be of interest to enjoy experimental hip-hop, and even non-hip-hop fans may find this of interest since it lacks the negative aspects associated with contemporary commercial hip-hop.

Genre: Underground Hip-Hop, Drone, Industrial
Country: USA
Label: Ipecac Recordings
Release: January 27, 2009

1. Blessed Are They Who Bash Your Children’s Heads Against A Rock
2. No Question
3. Armed With Krylon
4. Who Medgar Evers Was…
5. Street Diction
6. A Collection Of Miserable Thoughts Laced With With
7. Los Macheteros – Spear of a Nation
8. We Lost Sight
9. Gutter Tactics
10. 2012 (The Pillage)
11. Atypical Stereotype

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