Bring the noise 2002
is the instrumental version of the Fantastic Damage
album by El-P. To me its also the true follow-up
to the überdope Little
Johnny from the hospitul by Company Flow, El-Ps
previous crew. Theres a second CD with some remixes,
lyrics, live footage and the [strange, Aphex Twin-esque]
video for Deep Space 9mm.
The thing about El-P is that while hes a fantastic
producer, hes also a capable rapper. With
a passable flow. And a voice like some coach, yelling
at you to PASS THE FUCKING BALL or something. Combined
with this rugged music its a bit too much for
me. Thats why this instrumental album is a great
idea. [There is an album that combines El Productos
gothic decay with two top notch MC's called The Cold
Vein by Cannibal Ox, which I might review
As I said, it seems to pick
up where Little Johnny left of. All the elements are
in place; the indefinable sounds, the shear complexity
of the music and the way it easily evokes all kinds
of emotions. The general mood is of violence, menace,
aggression, war, anger. Imagine a human faced
being stomped by a boot. Lots of screaming. The
rhythms seem more advanced this time around and there
are more uptempo tracks here.
I HAVENT heard
the vocal version but I wonder how El-P finds room to
rap over these dense, layered soundscapes.
The albums got an definite old-skool feel as in
brutish, hard-as-nails beats and prominent scratches.
When the keywords fandam plus are inserted
in Google, it asks: Did you mean Fandom Plus?
No, but its testament to El-Ps skills that
he attracks lots of fans with music as uncompromising
as this. Theres another instrumental album with
Dan the Automator in the works, cant wait for
that one. Oh well, bottom line, this is a great album.
You need to check it out.
trying to pick a favorite track:
Stepfather Factory. Manages to sound
sad, menacing, melancholic and futuristic at the same