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  • Summary: New members DJ rEk and Mike Swarmbots join co-founder MC Dälek for the experimental hip-hop trio's first album since 2010.
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  1. Mojo
    Jun 28, 2016
    The intensity of MC Dalek's worldly-wise apocalyptic wordplay on Guaranteed Struggle and Masked Laughter (Nothing's Left) help reinvent their trademark sound without sacrificing its essence. [Aug 2016, p.95]
  2. Apr 22, 2016
    At just 39 minutes long, it’s spectacularly brief, especially for Dälek (2007’s Abandoned Language, for example, stretches to 63 minutes) but brevity here works in their favour, as there’s very little fat that needs trimming.
  3. Apr 28, 2016
    Dälek took hip-hop into new stylistic realms before. This time, although Brooks and company may not have specifically intended as much, on Asphalt for Eden, hip hop ascends into the noosphere.
  4. 70
    Dälek have stepped out just enough to create an album that sits comfortably within the band's discography, and deserves to be cherished.
  5. May 20, 2016
    Their dense, clenched teeth sound has allowed them to cross over to rock fans, but can come over a bit try-hard, though that is not to say that the album is anything less than interesting, well put-together, filled with high standard rapping and at times strangely majestic.
  6. Apr 22, 2016
    Yet if “Shattered” and follow-up “Guaranteed Struggle” are Dälek at their cacophonous and incensed best, subsequent tracks like “Masked Laughter (Nothing’s Left)” and “6dB” reveal a band cultivating a lighter, more introspective side.
  7. The Wire
    Jul 18, 2016
    Somewhere in Asphalt For Eden is buried beautiful music. [Jun 2016, p.62]

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