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subtle – “A new white.” – [lex records]

subtle – “A new white.” – [lex records] (US release Oct 12, 2004)

Oakland sextet subtle are Doseone, Jel, Dax Pierson (those three perform as Themselves), Alex Kort, Jordan Dalyrmple and Marty Dowers

and they invite you “to euthanize the yolk slicked white horse you rode in on”

lucious loops and synthetic silicon samples meet watery dirge of probing lyric delivered in doseone’s at times androgynous monotone

recurring images of blood & morgue accompany motif of losing one’s arm / hand which is explored literally and symbolically throughout lyrics, song titles and album art

stethoscope reveals hidden gems of fat beats, tasty teases of textures and opulent on occasion vocal phrasing

slight lang. scattered throughout, mostly of the suggestive imagery variety, marked on liner notes where audible / possible; if there’s one complaint to be made about this album it is the difficulty in discerning the highly substantive lyrics from the vox. fortunately, extensive lyrics have been provided in the line art laden pseudo-copied liner notes which have a quasi-DIY feel

subtle – reminding us that “[there's] more to life than manicured vaginas and a saline solution”

mad hatter

  • Reviewed by Funkminsta Fulla on October 13, 2004 at 5:51 pm
  • Filed as Hip Hop
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    Hiphop is best when its sound isn’t as obvious as a tattoo. I remain very pro-Anticon
    and saline solutions…

  • Comment by Thurston Hunger, November 21st, 2004 4:52 am

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