Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Black is Beautiful (4 stars)

Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland - Black is Beautiful

Debut from Hype Williams pair is striking and boundary-crashing


Can Tupac and Kanye West-lensing promo director Hype Williams finally have gotten wise to the ridiculously inventive London duo using his name? Is that why the pair are using their own names for this debut album on Kode9’s Hyperdub? The oblique press release and lack of a tracklist suggests we’d best not go looking for an answer: instead, enjoy some of the most striking and boundary-crashing music you’re likely to hear this year, from the Krupa-drumming intro to acres of off-balance, late night ambient dick-aboutery, crisply produced but lent an eerie edge by Copeland’s lo-fi, atonal vocal. Low-slung hip hop beats and sparse jungle rhythms arrive later, but the overall sense is of the dubstep Throbbing Gristle having risen from the shadows.


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