speaking of olderish gems (as we were in the fluid grate albums of 2011
Boston's Edan may come off as an obsessed fan-boy of late '80s hip-hop, an acolyte schooled in the furious braggadocio of Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap. Stylistically, with his own furiously fast rhymes and tommy gun beats, it's obvious this is where he draws his inspiration from. However, Beauty and the Beat does far more than shout out Edan's personal pantheon or clone their microphone mannerisms. Beauty is a tightly bound effort clocking in at an efficient 34 minutes, with 13 briskly paced tracks that flow with impressive coherency. Edan mines the surreal swirls and moody loops of '60s psychedelic rock. His heavy density of fuzzed-out guitar screeches, dreamy horn wails, and sci-fi sound effects create a unique sonic bed that complements Edan's imaginative (and often non-sequitur) lyricism. Whatever Edan's rhymes may lack in topicality, they brim with style, offering more than clever punchlines and catchy hooks. This is an MC who still appreciates the basic pleasure of word play. --Oliver Wang
While Edan’s critically acclaimed debut, ‘Primitive Plus’, was a celebration of Hip-hop’s golden age and a true throwback, his sophomore album, ‘Beauty And The Beat’, is a vast musical collage that contains many different influences; Hip-hop, rock, pop, dusty breaks, hazy loops, luxurious off-kilter samples and curveball tempo changes that are all crafted into one cohesive piece of art. Edan’s vast lyrical imagination and technical wizardry (he also self-produced every track) alone make ‘Beauty And The Beat’ a standout. The album’s lead-single ‘Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme’, a track which true Hip-hop enthusiasts and historians will not only appreciate, but ultimately debate is a perfect sample of what ‘Beauty And The Beat’ has to offer. ‘Smile’ is a gripping behind the scenes look at a successful yet internally tormented star. ‘Promised Land’ - the symbolism of imagination and its power to overcome all that is perilous with positivity, patience and understanding show how Edan has progressed both artistically and as an individual. Check out ‘Rock And Roll’ for a heavy hitting beat and ‘Torture Chamber’ for amazing mic skills. Features Mr Lif (Def Jux) , Percee P (Stones Throw), Dagah and Insight. The double vinyl version a US pressed, thick vinyl, in a shrink wrapped ‘old style’ ‘60’s heavy card jacket. Edan will be deejaying at Fabric on February 4th and touring the UK in March.