"A New White," Subtle

Reviewed by Alex Slawson and Herman Snell

The recent hybridization of indie and hip-hop music has been influenced, in no small part, to the prolific output of Doseone (of cLOUDDEAD and Boom Bip fame). His stream of consciousness rhymes are as confounding as they are intriguing and his nasally delivery is instantly recognizable. Now that the dust has settled from cLOUDDEAD's disbanding (immediately after releasing their epic masterpiece "Ten" no less), Dose has moved on to form his latest collective of like minded jip-jop hipsters. They call themselves Subtle and are a six(ish) piece whose grooves mutate around Dose's insane verse. Subtle are indeed subtle, as they combine keyboards, melodica, cello, bass, guitar, drum machines, woodwinds, and samplers into a post rock/hip-hop amalgam that is truly sensational.


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