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Monday, Nov 13 2006 | 15:41

With his album title “Dead At The Control” Block Barley indicates the references of his work: Mikey Dreads Dub Lp “Dread At The Controls” offers the same ganja-fueled vibe and downbeat aesthetics as his own instrumental-excursions. The variation on the title can also be interpretated as an allusion to Block Barleys preference for the innovative and mindbending sounds of the sixties (most of his samples are from dusted psych- and krautrock lps) – Block Barley, as the “Deadhead” in the Hip-Hop game. Furthermore the title is a hommage to the late Jay Dee, one of the most freethinking beatmakers, who literally died in the studio (at the controls) earlier this year.

So much becomes clear: As much as Block Barleys old-school approach to beat making – two turntables, two old akai sampler, a vintage tape-echo and spring reverb serve as his bedroom studio – as well as his obsessive cratedigging to find unearthed and obscure sample-sources, are the foundation of this record, “Dead At The Control” does not represent Hip-Hop as it usually appears today: Booty Sound for blingbling obsessed chicas and guntoting wannabe-gangstas.

To put it with the words of his labelmates Urbs & Cutex: “It’s about the love of music and the magic of a loop”. So if you don’t like loops, you should not listen to this record, because it’s about the love of music and the magic of a loop, so if you don’t …

The album Block BarleyDead At The Control” (Hong Kong Records) is going to be released January 5, 2007.

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