-Dead End Stare (feat.
(remix by Ra)
"A matter of consciousness": Lapsed's third album sees
his pair up with turntablist and producer nonnon and a crew of renowned
MC to deliver a wild ride of glitchy electronic hip-hop with an
edge. Ranging from heavy head bangers to lyrical narratives, "The
Death Of Convenience" impresses by its variety, detail and
its maturity. A very rich, well thought and thought-provoking album
bearing fruits of many influences and sleepless nights of careful
1. Better Your Best
2. Dead End Stare (feat.
3. Cdatakill welcome
5. Nothing Left
6. Ad Noiseam
7. God Is A Glitch (feat. Nongenetic, Subtitle and Bleubird)
Plastic (remix by Ra)
9. Rainy Day
11. Z Crazy Eyes (Album Version)
12. Kill the Messenger (feat. Nonsense)
13. Mirthless Method
14. Surge (remix by Mothboy)
For his third full length album, Lapsed (Salt Lake City's Jason
Stevens) pairs up with his long time live-collaborator and turntablist-extraordinaire
nonnon (Dave Madden) and enough MC to rap till the end of days,
and shows that it is perfectly OK to keep the tempo down and rap
Only three years have passed since Lapsed's début ("Twilight",
Ad Noiseam adn34) but the steps taken could hardly be bigger.
But with its thicker beats, warmer moods and a lot more vocals,
"The Death Of Convenience" is still a logical follow-up
to both the sharp click-hop of "Twilight"
and the syncopated, head-nodding electronica of Lapsed's 2005's
untitled second album. With their
ears always open to new sounds and experimentation, armed with failing
computers and self-imposed recording limitations, and enriched from
their frequent, if not harsh, touring experience, Lapsed and nonnon
have come up here with their most hip-hop-oriented album to date,
in which Lapsed' electronic glitch and nonnon's turntablism and
sampling pair up with the raps of the many MCs they have shared
the stage with. And even there, we're speaking of a commending line-up:
not only do we get two exciting newcomers (Buck Dexter and Nonsense),
but also an all-stars collaboration between Shadowhuntaz's Non Genetic,
Subtitle (now Giovanni Marks) and the free styling wonder Bluebird.
It wasn't quite enough yet, though, and label mates Ra and Mothboy
also got behind their deck to deliver a remix each.
“The Death Of Convenience” is a lot more than yet another
electronic hip hop album. Appriopriately titled, it is a CD in which
nothing is convenient. Genre-less, it rewards those who are willing
to abandon instant gratification for substance. Shooting left, right
and centre of the glitch, this album takes its listener for a varied
high-ride that feels more like a breath-taking, attention-catching
movie than a regular album. "The Death Of Convenience"
is tale of good-humoured frustration, human machinery and cosmopolitan
scratches. To paraphrase its opening track: "stop and think,
while you listen".
Mastered by Sam Gileadi At Alleyway Studios. Artwork by Andy
& nonnon: www.myspace.com/lapsednonnon
Other releases by Lapsed on Ad Noiseam:
-"Lapsed" - adn53
-"Twilight" - adn34