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Hype Williams - Untitled

Our album of the week (9th July 2010) 14 people love me. Be the 15th...

Untitled by Hype Williams
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(1 review) 10/10

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10/10 according to on Thu 08 Jul, 2010

This is the second LP we've been fortunate enough to get our hands on from the Carnivals label (the first being an outstanding split LP from A Middle Sex and Temperatures) and it's another delightful slice of wax if I may say so myself. I know little about Hype Williams but he/she/they(?) have gotta be blazin' pounds 'cause this LP is packed with treacle dipped, ultra mong'd beats and exotic improv jams reminiscent of a bunch of stuff I've been bonging out to recently (James Ferraro… Sun Araw… Ducktails… Skaters) but with its own distinct flavour. Opening with tranquil synths and delay saturated beats H.W. invite you in to their domain and it's not long before the lifepipe's start flying about and all sense of grounded reality is lost. Exotic instrumentation and bizarre primitive sampling techniques are totally abused here but you also get your fare share of live improv jams too. But it's the final track on side A that truly takes the crown. It sounds like Art of Noise in dramatic slow-mo and even features that crazy human voice synth sound they are so fond of. In short, it's a sloth-like masterpiece. Anyway, that's enough talk from me (it's late), I'll leave the B-side to the imagination but expect freeform improv fun and cut up beats of the highest lo-fi calibre. An amazing find from what's shaping up to be a great label. Gotta be album of the week lads? Of course.

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The first full length record from Hype Williams. Through 35 minutes, Blunt and Copeland transmit their vision of a self contained plane, seamed by an index of long distance keyboard glaze, rent-a-car night coasters through to programmed and screwed constructs of songs, musical absurdities and free, lifted improv jams.

Luckily, the majority of these descriptive translations probably fall short: At points it sounds rewardingly indescribable and yet as a full length statement, fully realised and formed. Embracing the crud and sheen of mainstream components and trading pound for pound with no-zone freedom. "All because the camels love Bubble Kush." Packaged in the starkly minimal and perfectly accompanying artwork of Ed Lehan.

300 copies.

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