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BUSDRIVER
Cosmic Cleavage

BD070
Big Dada 2004
12 Tracks. 29mins42secs

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Of all the gleefully idiosyncratic MCs to burst from the US in recent years, LA’s Busdriver possesses surely one of the most preposterous deliveries, coming on like the Scatman John of alt-hop with his jelly-octaved tenor and latex-lipped linguistics (conveniently, his name is actually John). Cosmic Cleavage, his first effort for Big Dada, displays a particularly pronounced jazz/bebop influence in keeping with the tradition of the label’s parent, Ninja Tune; clipped, squawking trumpet loops and boomingly resonant double bass lines abound, and the mood veers between the sort of prolix playfulness previously endemic in his work with Radioinactive and Daedelus as The Weather (Nagging Nimbus, Kev’s Blistering Computer Tan…), and a more foreboding, uncertain mood, at which points one can almost sense producer Daddy Kev wrenching Busdriver from the wheel and steering the record off sharp left in his own avant-jazz gear
As has been noted elsewhere, any comparison with Doseone, beyond ostensible stylistic resemblance, misses the mark; Busdriver’s lyrical concerns remain largely unrefracted by the sort of relentless abstract imagery and periodically impenetrable surrealist melancholy the Anticon mainstay trades in; plainly speaking, once you get the measure of his breathless bleatings, it’s fairly easy to gauge what this fellow is on about (one of the many perverse pleasures of Dose being, to quote a less desirable American orator, that sense he conveys of the known unknown). At under half an hour, Cosmic Cleavage is laudably snipped short of overkill, and the finale of the album is arguably it’s most diverting phase; an unsettling, discordant melange of loose jazz instrumentation recalling the eye of a moderately tempestuous Sun Ra storm, with nary a peep to be heard from the principle vocal protagonist. Such worthy restraint, along with the adroit selection of musical associates that adorn Cosmic Cleavage make it worthy of inspection for followers of Big Dada’s more outré output, who will surely be encouraged, having been left stranded so cruelly by cLOUDDEAD, that the label has hitched a ride with Busdriver.

John Stevens

4.1/5

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TRACKLIST

Pool Drowning
Nagging Nimbus
Cosmic Cleavage
Stingy Lover
Kev's Blistering Computer Tan & Driver's "Rapper's Rapper" Moniker
Unnecessary Thinking
Beauty Supply & Demand
She-hulk Dehorning The Illusionist
Stride-pianist Penis-Envy
Purple Schards
Rap Sucks
Staring At The Sun

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