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The No Music

  • 1. Home: Work%
    2. Mouthfull
    3. Good People Check
    4. Poison Pit
    5. Livetrap
    6. Only Child Explosion
    7. Paging Dr. Moon or Gun
    8. Dark Sky Demo
    9. You Devil You
    10. Out in the Open
    11. Hat in the Wind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 25

  • Credits

    Themselves: Doseone, Jel.
    Audio Mixers: Xopher D; Alex Oropeza.
    Recording information: 04/05/2002.
    Anticon has to be applauded for their constant efforts to push the limits of hip-hop. Clouddead's self-titled full-length managed to match the ambience of Brian Eno's experiments with Kerouac lyrics and confounding beats. But Dose One's other outfit, Themselves -- his duo with producer Jel -- while nearly as ambitious, fails to really engage the listener. Sure, The No Music has its high points -- Jel is in top form when working with ambient samples without the pretense of being hip, like the dreamy opener, "Home Work," for example. And Dose One's nasal vocals are powerful in catchy singsong pieces like "Mouthful" and "Good People Check." But the rapid-fire word-dropping on "Live Trap" is likely to detach listeners from any hope of connecting, and Jel's beats can be less than inspiring. The No Music is still rewarding for those who dig deep enough, but it's Anti Pop Consortium and the "Definitive Jux" producers like El-P and RJD2 who pushed hip-hop the furthest over the edge in 2002, with insane samples, mad lyrics, and unexpected, distorted beats building a cacophony that's impossible to ignore. ~ Charles Spano

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (10/02, p.70) - "...Teeming with sampler overgrowth, humid atmospheres, rainforest colours and intricate nooks and crannies full of rich nuance and detail..."
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