Doseone – G Is For Deep
Doseone is a phenomenal live hip-hop performer – a literal human dynamo who blows on stage in a torrent of manic, high-pitched rapping and a flurry of MPC hits, hyperactively engaging the audience with crazy stories, random snatches of acapella poetry and improvised freestyle rhymes. But that's never been the limit to his talents – in collaborations with Boom Bip, he has showcased his love of electro, and recently he's been exploring more experimental musical territory with Tunde Adebimpe of TV On The Radio and Mike Patton, as Nevermen.
G Is For Deep manages to accommodate influences from all of these directions – the beats, which Dose produced, are heavily electro-influenced, with a melodic pop sheen that suits his approach to vocals on this release. There's little straight-up rap on the album, but Dose's layered, breathy falsetto singing is definitely a product of incredible breath control and strict rhythmic pattern-generation. From the melancholy dream-pop of I Fall, to the hypnotic, stop-start disco of Dancing X, G Is For Deep is both complex and engaging all the way.