Pin It

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Obelisk Movements revisited

click to enlarge BLACK TO THE FUTURE: Obelisk Movements
  • BLACK TO THE FUTURE: Obelisk Movements

When Micranots' debut CD, Obelisk Movements, hit the streets in October 2000, the Minneapolis-bred, ATL transplants MC I Self Devine and DJ Kool Akiem were primed to dominate Atlanta's developing underground hip-hop scene. The album bore the mark of Bigg Jus' Sub Verse label (MF Doom, Blackalicious), and I Self's massive stage presence and Akiem's wicked turntablism skills were steeped in abstract beats, grimy production and the urban avant-garde. The duo crafted a balance of baroque, cerebral sounds that reined in their eccentricities with a bombastic mix of staccato funk and slow melodies.

At the time of its release, the album's swirl of discordant sounds, samples and conscious flows over a kick drum recalled the backpack hip-hop of the early '90s. A decade after its release, such songs as "Balance," "Culture" and "Illegal Busyness" are a snapshot of hip-hop at the cutting edge of the new millennium. Press play on Obelisk Movements now and the horn stabs and drum stutter of the album's "Intro" swell with fuzzy, dark matter, moving at a pace that's slow and lumbering by modern hip-hop standards. The album sounds dated, but as "Intro" bleeds into the album's first single, "Pitch Black Ark," an eloquent boom underscores what was then the collective subconscious's view of life in the wake of Y2K's failed threats. The silent techno fear reflected in the album's deluge of spiritual and social dissidence is at once a sparse and unwitting Matrix-like suite hanging in the balance of anxiety and dark grooves.

Continue Reading "Obelisk Movements revisited"

(Photo Courtesy Sub Verse Music)

Tags: , ,


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Crib Notes

More by Chad Radford


Search Events

Search Crib Notes

Recent Comments

  • Re: 9 shows to hit up this weekend — Sept. 12-14

    • Also the Black Madonna - a resident and talent buyer for Chicago's Smart Bar -…

    • on September 12, 2014
  • Re: Win tickets to ONE Musicfest

    • Awww man no more contests for tickets?

    • on September 12, 2014
  • Re: One MusicFest goes big

    • Sounds like he's going to eventually make the "black" Bonnaroo soon enough. Just keep the…

    • on September 10, 2014
  • Re: Meltasia Recap: Day Two

    • It's very easy to insult people's work anonymously. Not to mention, respectable. May I ask…

    • on September 10, 2014
  • Re: Win tickets to ONE Musicfest

    • That is correct! Please send your name and contact info to and we'll get…

    • on September 8, 2014
  • Re: Win tickets to ONE Musicfest

    • He paid homage to the 1982 movie "Wild Style

    • on September 8, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation