The hip hop scene of ’96 saw a five-headed phoenix rise out the ashes in the form of Aspects.
Emerging from Bristol, the crew dominated the scene with their critically acclaimed LP ‘Correct English’ back in 2001. But then the West Country outfit took a not-so-brief holiday. Almost two decades after they started out, they’re reforming as a group of four – composed of emcees Beelzibubber, El Eye and Mantis, with their original beatbox turned deejay Printer’s Devil on deck duty.
The foursome distill their creativity, as ever, into this full-length, where hits with leftfield sensibilities come in thick and fast. Highlights include Black Acre’s Akira Kiteshi-produced ‘Scumerset’, which bounds in with a Pharoahe Monch ‘Simon Says’ heaviness underfoot. The emcees lend their skittish vocals yet again on opener ‘No Man’s Land’ – a clunking stomper that switches feverishly between keys.
Over their trademark wacky bounce, ‘Trouble in Town’ has a devilishly haunted feel. Traditionally, the concept of the ‘Left-Hand Path’ is associated with malicious black magic; a rejection of societal convention and the status quo.
Conceived as an ode to the other, the album is ‘a window to the wilds of the outdoors from the crushing claustrophobia of the rat race.’ Blending lyrics that touch on hilarity, sadness, inanity and arch perception, Aspects provide a relieving alternative to conventional, safe music.
Aspects are set to play Clash night East NotEast at the Shacklewell Arms in London on April 6th. Ahead of this, we've been granted permission to give away the adventurous, acoustic driven hip hop of 'No Man's Land' - curiously introspective, it displays the playfully groundbreaking approach of Aspects.
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Words by Felicity Martin
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