Black is Beautiful - Hype Williams
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  • Summary: The British duo of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland releases its fourth album together.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jun 12, 2012
    Black Is Beautiful is nigh-on indescribable--in a very good way.
  2. Apr 17, 2012
    The "black" of the title is not racial blackness, but the blackness of the void, the "abyss" of occultism. And that void, evoked by the dark, inchoate pop of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland, is indeed beautiful.
  3. May 16, 2012
    The result is a collection of intriguing, often beautiful miniatures--gems to be cherished and enjoyed, sonic curiosities that reward repeated listening.
  4. Apr 17, 2012
    Black Is Beautiful is a still more refined musical iteration of displaced and replaced citizens: slow sirens and distant voices, as if urgently broadcast in foreign languages over distorted subway intercoms, soundtracked by free jazz and hip-hop, lover's rock and electro, j-pop and dub - themselves diasporic, oppidan genres.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    Black Is Beautiful is their most immediately accessible album, but its 15 tracks (14 of which are untitled) don't sound much like hits. Like its predecessors, this set works best taken as a whole, when its unstable collage has time to establish what turns out to be a powerful atmosphere.
  6. The finished product sounds like a work in progress, which is cool, but here's to hoping that Blunt and Copeland will improve the production quality and fully realize their genrebending sketches next time around.
  7. 60
    These drifts of pop cultural flotsam feel eerily dislocated, as if there was little joy in the psychic bloodletting. Strangely compelling, though.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Jul 7, 2013
    The past few years have seen no shortage of inherently weird, out-of-reach music in the electronic sphere, and the group formerly known as Hype Williams make their LP debut on Hyperdub with a doozy of a labyrinth. The sounds of detuned radios in adjacent rooms, woozy female vocals, rough edits, rudely interrupting radio transmissions, whispered nothings and endless Krautrock loops. It keeps you at a distance but lets you fully admire the view. Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2012
    the album is a weird collection of great lo-fi tracks. Maybe more interesting than their predecesor hyped "One nation" or other artists of the hypnagogic pop scene who have been praised like gods on very influencial music web sites. It begins with a cacophonic free jazz introduction. Then the too short untitled tracks. Sometimes it sounds funky, sometimes like very short & cheap interludes of ambient with a soft world music/new age influence. There is a lot of dub & dark vibes. It is a good LP because unique, although the dirty production can be an obstacle, it is not accidental but rather something deliberate . No one is able to create something so experimental without being boring for someone who is not familiar with this gender. A sort of futuristic music for elevators!!! Not the best of 2012 but a must for those who like to discover paralell universes Expand