Rap demolitionist Lil Ugly Mane makes ecstatic and avant-garde soundbytes and puts them into messy little microcosms. Three Sided Tape Volume 1 builds up jubilant, swinging samples and knocks them down with noise schematics, recording basically whatever catches his ear and moving over it on a computer mic to see what comes out. If you know Ugly Mane already, then you know to expect everything lopsided.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 09 August 2017
We’re really enjoying this new thing where Hundebiss combs through Lil Ugly Mane’s digital catalogue and makes LPs happen. The beatmaking and noisetrying producer never makes the same record twice and ‘Three Sided Tape’ is another example of his rabble-rousing mixing, taking sporadic sources, samples and raps and hooking them up like they’re all characters hanging out in the lobby of an MMORPG.
It’s hardly just hip-hop; Lil Ugly Mane loves everything, embracing the most recognisable pop hooks and diluting them into triple-mixed bouts of weird. This record, brought about by unreleased instrumentals and draft tracks, is one of his most malleable, going airy and hard and back and forth, taking us out of dreamy beats into reproduced, scuzzed up skits. It should be a disorienting mess, but on this collection Mane lets the pieces stretch out, each tune given ample time before it’s relayed into something on the other side of the spectrum. At times pieces feel like they’re being looped past their selling date, with a jazzy beat rotating a few times before it’s handed over to what sounds like a black metal band practicing in their basement of detritus.
It’s wildly imaginative, but mostly I just love how psyched Lil Ugly Mane is on everything: it’s rare you hear this many things spliced together with equal time to make their mark. Voices and basslines and horns and metal bands, all speaking for themselves under the guise of a beat tape; what a clean mess this is.
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