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King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader


Review: Jack Foley

WELL now, here's a weird one. King Geedorah, aka MF Doom (the most legendary figure in underground hip-hop) returns with a completely off-the-wall 'rap' album, described by the artist himself as 'Geedorah's alien perspective on humans'.

The album is a collage of B-movie breaks and cut-and-paste beats, with some of the most tripped out loops you are ever likely to hear on a hip-hop album.

Remember how The Avalanches brought their off-kilter samples to the dance scene? Well, say hello to this space monster - for this is the closest you're going to get for a comparison (even though the musical styles are different).

At times bordering on genius, at others insanity, Take Me To Your Leader is a wild ride, from the moment it blasts off with Fazers, to its denouement, The Fine Print.

Along the way, Doom covers everything from issues of race to the neglect of children, mixing in a more serious, thoughtful side to the silliness of its vintage samples.

Highlights include the jazzy Next Levels, featuring Lil’Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr, which arrives like a cool breeze on a hot day with its chilled out trumpets and bristling piano, and Anti-Matter, featuring Mfdoom & MR.Fantastik, a hopeless retro throwback that wouldn't sound out of place on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack, such is the cool vibe of men in black suits that it provokes.

Anti-Matter, in particular, is the closest Geedorah makes it to the mainstream, and probably marks the album's finest hour.

But in underground terms, this still has much to offer for those willing to delve a little deeper.

Title track, Take Me To Your Leader, begins like some sort of 80s Hall & Oates throwback, before charting more surreal territory with samples and vocals that sound borrowed from some sort of ancient Twilight Zone episode.

But just as things threaten to become too weird, they get funky again, with the likes of Lockjaw and I Wonder, featuring Hassan Chop, reminding you of why Geedorah is so highly-regarded in hip-hop circles, forcing listeners to think, once more, about lyrics concerning the meaning of life.

Upon first listen, you might think, 'what the fuck?'. But give it time, and I guarantee, Geedorah won't ever be far away from your stereo - especially if you're a hip-hop fan who likes their music to be a little more daring.

It's weird alright, but also kind of wonderful.

Track listing:
1. Fazers
2. Fastlane feat. Biolante
3. Krazy World feat. Gigan
4. The Final Hour feat MFDoom
5. Monster Zero
6. Next Levels feat. Lil’Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr
7. No Snakes Alive feat. Jet-Jaguar & Rodan
8. Anti-Matter feat. Mfdoom & MR.Fantastik
9. Take Me To Your Leader
10. LockJaw feat. Trunks
11. I Wonder feat. Hassan Chop
12. One Smart Nigger
13. The Fine Print

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