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Hype Williams - Rainbow Edition Album Review


Where to start here. Let's begin with what could loosely be interpreted as the "facts" around Hype Williams; that they're a sometimes but not always duo based in London (and/or Berlin) consisting of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland and that their association began creating music about twelve years ago.

Hype Williams - Rainbow Edition Album Review

Everything else - from rumours that HW is effectively a multi-agency, multi-media, multi-personnel art installation/running joke, to the role played by supposed collaborator Denna Frances Glass (evidence: a Soundcloud page and Gmail address, with ambient worldy-type music and hashtags such as #business and #sin) - has, however, been left deliberately wide open to our interpretation, part information vacuum, part social experiment.

Predictably, interviews are rare, finding Blunt often being cryptic or deliberately obtuse. Performances were usually low key, nonreciprocal, anti-entertainment. In terms of mystique, HW have as a result created the same kind of aura as Odd Future possessed when they first stumbled into view, or going back further, that projected by the apparent near monasticism of Scottish duo Boards of Canada.  

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Belly Review


Terrible
Rappers shouldn't act, and actors shouldn't rap. Belly has plenty of both, making this predictable, ultra-violent, insulting story of gangland drug dealers as bad as movies get. Avoid at all costs.
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