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Shock City Maverick

  • 1. Light of the Damned
    2. Papercut
    3. Blind Driver
    4. Shards of Glass
    5. You're Dead, Let's Disco
    6. City Hawk
    7. Shock City Maverick
    8. Death by Sophistication
    9. Interval
    10. Down by Law
    11. Force on Edge, A
    12. I'll Melt You
    13. Diamond Halo Grenade
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 125

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Brinkworth; Mark Pritchard
    EngineerFred Ones; David Brinkworth; Chicky; Mark Pritchard; Chicky; Fred Ones; NASA

    Personnel: Beans (vocals, synthesizer, percussion, programming); Byrd (guitar); Molly Schnick (cello); Joseph Yoon, Joseph Voon (saxophone); Chicky (bass guitar); Hava (background vocals); Fred Ones (scratches).
    Audio Mixers: Fred Ones; Chicky.
    Recording information: Chicky World Music, New York, NY; NASA Labs, Staten Island, NY.
    On the heels of his solo debut, TOMORROW RIGHT NOW, the former Antipop Consortium lyricist Beans takes listeners on another journey through an oddball world of futuristic trip-hop over 13 eclectic tracks on SHOCK CITY MAVERICK. With no samples, no guest appearances, and an assortment of techno-inspired beatscapes, SHOCK CITY MAVERICK is an inspired exercise in unconventional hip-hop. The hypnotic "I'll Melt You" sees Beans opening a fierce three-minute verbal onslaught by proclaiming himself "the Ornette Coleman of this rap shit" as well as "the link between Suicide, Sun Ra, and Bambaataa."

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.124) - "[H]e's more grounded, and his evasive, abstract beats underpin his vocals less randomly." - Grade: B+
    Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Here, Beans returns to his roots..."
    The Wire (p.50) - "With its showers of synths descending like a volley of emergency flares, a recurring buzz like a fruitfly on the eardrum and Morricone-esque peals of desolation, 'Papercut' is indication aplenty that Beans brings more to the party than a beatbox and a crate of vinyl."
    CMJ (p.5) - "Dishing up avant-rap mayhem over synth and drum machine-driven hip-hop, he makes minimalist electrofunk..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Beans grounds his solo flights of esoteria with a wickedly slanted take on hip hop's dancefloor-savvy....SHOCK CITY MAVERICK is the sound of Beans returning to the hip hop that hatched him, remaking it in his image."
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