itcfwak / halfway house
|2. Soul Searchin'
|4. Beauty feat.
|2. Analytical Terms
|3. The Morning After
|4. Breath Of Fresh
Air feat. Mane-One
Between being unheard
and finding an appreciative audience, often only lies
a tape. Frowned upon by the digital dupes, the tape
always had and must have a special value to all hip
hop fans. What would have been without mixtapes, or
even more important, without the Cold Crush shows on
tape, that went ghetto gold long before King Tim or
'the rockin' to the bang bang boogie' ever were released?
The first hip hop recording was on a tape. So getting
a recording that's strictly on the tape tip should be
reminding you of this tradition and value much more
than have you go 'dude's shit is so wack, he can't afford
the pressing'. If this site proofs anything, then that
there's a whole lot of dope stuff out there, that hits
you from very unexpected places. And sometimes that
stuff is on a tape. So don't judge the present by the
wrapping. You knew that too.
This Subdivision human
being returns on the solo path with the introspective
"Shades Of Grey", a tape consisting of 8 self produced
tracks and a whole lot of emotion. This starts with
"Weight", that EVS
opens with "I'm a lover of love but a hater of fate".
With a flute moving this forward, the burden it carries
can be too much for some strained shoulders, and EVS
does not claim to be no colossus. We are going through
a different chapter of the same book on "Soul
Searchin'". The production of this is so
well advanced, it's tragic it is not enhance by the
best possible quality of the recording. Actually what's
already evident is, that the fully thought out structures
and characters the beats have, are of the kind, so much
more likely to be hard from an artist that does not
have to answer to any label, monetary or group members
Being a watcher, EVS
is able to do "Observation",
but this also needs him to be a reporter, that can explain
to us what's between the world's life lines. We are
still wondering though, if he isn't talking so much
more to himself than to us, that just accidentally seem
to be hearing this. The piano and horns on this track
once more result in a mighty good beat, that carries
the cluster of thoughts with an ease and complete comfort.
Finishing Side A, "Beauty"
features Deeskee on the cuts. Just one more track that
has us appreciate this more and more by the moment.
combines a cool guitar with an unneeded string section,
while EVS unbothered by that continues with his session
of turning his eyes inside out to look into the inside
of him and to tell us what he sees. Maybe he's calling
himself shorter than his full size would allow him too,
and that only follows what other people are doing so
quickly. Meaning that just like Jonny Cash (of broke-ass.com)
says: 'people hate on everything, just give 'em a chance'.
So some people are downplaying everything and you will
never be able to live up to their demands. But ignore
them, as their shoe sizes are different and their eyes
will always be pointed in a different angle and direction
than yours. EVS has found a person to share his space
with though, when he connects with Mane-One, to do "Analytical
Terms". We however are already progressing
to the doper and dope "The
Morning After", that's a pleasant waking
up, much more than a day defining hang over. Again a
piano is grabbing our attention first and moves forward
in an almost dull fashion, what can be compared to the
way one can smile and be content inside. The morning
does also reflect the waking up of ones own conscious
and acceptance of self introspectivity. However, this
is also outspoken in a political kind of way. With "Breath
Of Fresh Air" the recordings is about to
end, and the smoothness of this gives us a kind farewell.
There's a horn suddenly appearing and in the true sense,
will blow you away.
One should feel uncomfortable
to critique such an effort, because there's too much
of a person in it, and so eventually one would critique
the person. Or one would critique and review the diary
he writes, his true believes and the way he sees the
world. That is a not remotely excusable thing to do,
there's no right in the world to do that. How can we
dissect the being of a person? We can and will not.
But we will end this here with saying that this tape
has been a complete pleasure to listen to. With all
that garbage that gets glossy releases nowadays, it's
tragic that such dope music does not.