STATIC SHOCK: Till Death (2014) Free download

Till Death Static ShockRating: ★★★★★ It’s not often I get an email where the writer begins by saying that they ‘fuck with monkeyboxing.’ Context suggested this wasn’t a sex reference so perhaps experimental LA-based beatmaker Static Shock was trying to mess with the monkey’s head which – given the sixteen-plus minutes length of Till Death – was a distinct possiblity. Indeed you’d be forgiven for expecting it to feel like you were ready for the big sleep by the time you’d finally reached its end. Still the PR blah referenced original ‘breakbeat soundscape’ Odysseus DJ Shadow, and like-minded sample kings Madlib and Cut Chemist so I thought I’d better listen to a few bars just in case. Indeed while I was considering that early Shadow epics like In/Flux easily topped ten minutes I realised that a very sampledelic-psychedelic sixteen minutes had finished too early. Too diffuse to be a single track, not distinct enough to be a mixtape of multiple tracks ladies and gentlemen I give you…the return of the trip-hop ‘suite.’ Sounding pretty damn good…


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