ALONEWULF ALONEWULF (Self-released)
Here’s a new recording by a local master of far left-field, experimental occult-rap—with some horrorcore methodologies thrown in for sauce—SUMMON. Recording this eponymous work under the moniker ALONEWULF, the artist uses his smoky voice like its source is sulfurous, crispy and yellow, burning bright and hot for a long duration marked by coughing and crying the commingling of spirits.
But that’s a good thing in this case and ALONEWULF puts his new dark theorems to the test on a recording that veers dangerously but hypnotically—
Tracks like “SH33P HERDER” demonstrate that the artist is aware of and has reached some kind of acceptance of the vernacular and production popularized by artists like Vince Staples, but still manages to take a twisted root and turn it into another more complicated, but still organic form. All these tendrils that ALONEWULF compiles and piles into his work come together in tunes that are as rich and tasty as black pudding—a sausage lovingly made from blood and flesh.
That becomes clear on the spider silk that tunes like “FANTAZY” and “REMAINTAIN” resemble, webbing that their master uses to defy gravity or travel great distances without moving. The half-buried but deeply consequential instrumental and melodic sensibilities and sparse, haunting rhythmic digressions are absolutely fascinating to listen to and contribute a sound that reveals surrender as a function of command. The tasty flute moments on “SYCAMORE” kill and the seventh track, FREE 2 BEE (feat. A. Billi Free) is as fine as any hip-hop to come out of Burque, ever.