Album Review: Alias - 'Fever Dream'
Lush, psychedelic, and often funky
6 / 10
It is unfortunate for Alias
that he is so closely linked to the highly regarded Anticon label and the ever-changing world of underground hip-hop. In that context, this album, for all its undoubted charms, sounds like a record that is behind the times. ‘Fever Dream’
sees him desert the boom-bap quantized beats for which he has become known in favour of post-Flying Lotus
lolloping percussion and woozy sample collages. The results are lush, psychedelic, often funky and always immaculately produced. But compared to, say, ‘Cosmogramma’
, it sounds unadventurous and polite, as if Alias
has grasped the sound of Fly-Lo et al rather than the spirit.