Dälek – “Endangered Philosophies” Double LP
These guys have always been something of an anomaly within hip hop, not just becuse of their influences – drawn from Einstürzende Neubauten and My Bloody Valentine as much Public Enemy or Afrika Bambaataa – but also because of their close affiliation to the New Jersey DIY punk scene. They started out their recording career on Charles Maggio’s (Rorschach) Gern Blandsten label, and often played with bands from that scene (switching to Mike Patton’s Ipecac label in 2004). Probably the most darkly oppressive and intensely angry band I have ever seen perform live (in a very good way). This 2017 recording, a follow up to their comeback album, Asphalt for Eden, from 2016, offers more of the same menacing trip-hop beats, hypnotic noisescapes and righteous diatribes.