Black Atlantian

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Black Atlantian (Big Dada)

'Black Atlantian' is a fearsomely dense first-strike from Juice

, Lord Redeem, the Robotic EBU and DJ Mister

, collectively known as Gamma. Hailing from Birmingham and

crawling stealthily from the same label (Big Dada) that gave us Roots

and Mike Ladd's Infesticons (two fine reference points

for this inspired noise, incidentally), Gamma fire off angrily

politicised, mind-expanding rap-noir that echoes the psychedelic hip-hop of

Genius/GZA's 'Liquid Swords' LP, while never slavishly

following the Wu formula. 'Black Atlantian''s mix of chanted

vocals, eerie two-note church-organ stabs and buzzing sitar hisses charts new

levels of darkness, a left-field black pride anthem. B-side 'Prang!',

meanwhile, is a mercilessly heavy slab of dive-bombing bass pulses and alien

textures, the verbal assault easily matching the vicious beats. Not simple

jeep-beat muzak, then.

Gamma, like Roots Manuva before them,

mark something of a new dawn for homegrown hip-hop, a respite from

faux-Americanisms, watered-down breakbeats and the general follow-my-leader

mind-set currently afflicting the scene. Irreverent, furious, malevolently

creative, Gamma take their lead from US avant-rap masters like Anti-Pop

and Company Flow, and bend their unearthly noise into

something more focused but no less ground-breaking. A first step into a promising

unknown, and the sound of British hip-hop spinning off into its own.

Stevie Chick

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