The Plastic Eaters
Fortified PhonetXReleased: November 2012Genre: Hip Hop Label: Surface Level
by Sibusiso Mbele on the 14th February 2013This team of skilled wordsmiths and crafty producers create a dreamy aroma of flow, beat and stylistic breaks with this impressive release. Every track on this album is foreboding in its own way, yet they all seem to draw you in to an impressive lull, and itís not only exciting, itís dangerous in a strangely exciting way.
Opening with "The Door", The Plastic Eaters establishes itself as an eerie development in the rap world. The trio themselves all have impressive flow and their rhythmic delicacy sits nicely on top of their base. "Ripples" proves itself to be an early heavyweight on this release. It drifts nicely throughout the body whilst at the same time sending certain distinct shivers down the spine. Moemaw Naedon shows a brilliant ability to move the groove on without becoming overpowering, and Connectís rhythmic flirtation with the delightfully obscure samples just adds to the force behind the whole piece.
Small interludes like "FPX" accentuate the dreaminess of this album. The ease with which it floats so delicately of the periphery of the mind is just testament to the quality of production, and they use it with a precision that is equalled by their aggression on tracks such as "Canít Take the Funk". This tune is demanding of the body, it applies a succinct groove whilst keeping the space like quality this trio so expertly and distinctly incorporate into their sound. Verbs' inclusion on this track is just an added bonus to an expressive minimalist aura.
Some of the beauty of this album lies in the organic integrity of the production, the slick blend of hypnotic synths used sparingly interacts gorgeously with every beat, every echo of a horn and shiver ripple of a cymbal. Not only is it easy to drift under, and just experience this alone, it's somehow impossible not to listen to the earnest provocation behind every lyric, and to its flow within the greater picture. These guys achieve the perfect balance in every track they offer on this release. It may be challenging to some, but letís face it, if it wasnít it just wouldnít be worth listening to.