Dalek have long been one of our favourite bands here at the Towers. They have constantly been striving to blend Public Enemy styled socially conscious hip-hop with the sorts of vicious noise that appears on records by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Flying Saucer Attack and Young Gods. It's an intoxicating brew that never loses it's power. This is their 7th album and sees them back in Ipecac records.
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When Dalek returned with 'Asphalt For Eden' I was concerned that they couldn't live up to the incendiary-hop of their earlier 'Gutter Tactics' but despite a slightly more limited sound palette it was still a fantastic assault on the senses once again proving how necessary this band is. The swiftly released follow up 'Endangered Philosophies' starts in blitzkreig style with 'Echoes of..' mangling churning dollops of noise with powerhouse vocals. 'Weapons' though initially bring things down to trip-hop levels of head nodding - still eerie still threatening to smash your face off, half way in comes one of those brilliant slices of noise the band excel at and the whole thing steps up a gear.
Their brand of shoegaze/noise dynamics crossed with stoned beats and gunshot vocals never wears thin. 'Endangered Philosophies' is full of brilliant swathes of racket that seem to be lifted straight off My Bloody Valentine or Flying Saucer Attack records. On 'Few Understand' this is married to a vocal delivery that could be Cypress Hill if they decided to loose their goof and get serious. Detractors could say that the band have one trick - that is true but it's a good one and Will Brooks vocals are always entertainingly pissed off.
With the state of the world at the moment, Dalek are needed more than ever. Not only are they the best noise band out there right now but they are the best pissed off yet literate hip-hop band.
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