It would be a misnomer to call Dälek (Will Brooks aka MC Dälek), just a hip-hop band. After all, they have been crossing so many musical lines so far that hip-hop is just one of the two elements always present in their work.
The other is experimentation, sometimes at all costs. Picking up on everything, from collage Krautrock of Faust, to guitar experimentation of My Bloody Valentine, Dälek was always fearless in their intention to couple their cutting edge lyrics to some cutting-edge music.
In that respect, there is no change of either method or intent on Precipice, their latest release is again full of (positive) surprises, both in rhymes and in the music that supports them.
This time around, the accent is on the heaviness all around, particularly on the heaviness of the times we live in. MC Dälek explains:
“Precipice was a completely different record pre-pandemic. We had been working on the sketch of what the album was going to be at the end of 2019. I think me and (Mike) Manteca had narrowed it down to 17 joints out of the 46 or so that we had started with. Me and Joshua Booth had taken the 17 and really fleshed out the joints… I think the catharsis of that project, its rawness, the pandemic, all the death, the social upheaval, everything that went down… when I went back and listened to what we had down… it just wasn’t right anymore, it wasn’t strong enough, it wasn’t heavy enough, it wasn’t angry enough. It just didn’t say what I needed it to say.”
The results are as bold and as uncompromising as ever, both musically and lyrically, placing Dälek again among the key experimenters, no matter what kind of music we’re talking about.
Dälek – ‘Precipice’ Review
'Precipice' places Dälek again among the key experimenters, no matter what kind of music we’re talking about.