After several years off pursuing their own projects, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are back with a new album as Hype Williams. Except they aren't, as the press release reckons neither of them are involved. Or are they? The woozy, disjointed music they previously concocted has spawned lots of imitators but now we get the real thing. Or do we?
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 August 2017
Who the hell is Hype Williams? This is a question not asked due to journalistic naivety, but a question that is possibly on the lips of Hype Williams fans everywhere. Notorious pranksters Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are quite possibly doing the best tricksy business they can, confusing the press with fictional managers and promises of torch-passing, so it could just as well still be them as it could be Burial. I mean, the press release begins with “4 the sake of clarityn” and ends with the words “20 Joints” on a line of their own. Anyway, here’s a new album on Big Dada.
Rainbow Edition is a scattered collection of little minisketches hinging on slow, lo-fi beats, frail synth lines and grainy chopped samples with the occasional taste of vox. They’re mostly as sampled snatches as in ‘#blackcardsmatter’ (reference to Blonald Grump’s membership club ??), and even some wacky warped autotune on ‘Loud Challenge’. As a whole, it reads like a beat tape, sharing the use of many minute-long fragments with 2012’s Black Is Beautiful released under their own names, each with a uniquely chill feel.
I’ve had a great time drifting through this vapor-tinged dreamworld, and I’d recommend their collection of Discogs artist pics as the ideal accompaniment, trust me, you won’t regret it.
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