Boomkat Product Review:
Labyrinthine and constantly challenging, "Bop 3" questions the usefulness of genre by slathering Sir E.U's complex vocal dexterity with equally genre-busting production from Tooth Choir. Seriously where else are you gonna hear acid-house gospel rap ('Untitled (2 Much)'), overdriven post-punk ('How Much Longer') and 20 minutes of Sprinkles-esque freeform ambient dance spiritualism? Severely next level music that characterizes DC's fertile contemporary scene.
Future Times has done us all another massive favor here, shining their estimable spotlight on the DC duo of rapper and multimedia artist Sir E.U and producer and bassist Julian Oliver aka Tooth Choir. The two both seem to share a disregard for established form, breaking down logic in tandem with Sir E.U mutating rap formula and Oliver meeting him in the middle with a set of truly out-zone productions.
Oliver draws a thick line between psychedelic dance formula and high-minded cloud rap vapor, letting his productions marinate in emotion and gesture without adhering to contemporary templates. This provides an ideal backdrop to the lyrically dextrous Sir E.U - he's a layered and multi-faceted rapper who sounds as confident rapping over pacy 4/4 krautronica ('Hey Mom') as he does throwing words into an echo chamber over distorted beatbox clatter on 'End Of Time'.
But it's the album's extended finale with 'MUA' and 'I Can't Stop Thinkin Bout My Baby' that has us reaching for the replay again and again. 'MUA' is a razor-sharp shard of contemporary cloud rap that reflects the short-lived microgenre and rebuilds it with sincerity and an acidic TB-303 squelch. Then Sir E.U offers his most impressive turn yet as he free associates over a slow, rattling 20-minute slice of muted piano, vaseline-coated kicks and bitcrushed claps. It's a performance that has to be heard to be believed - like Main Attrakionz collaborating with DJ Sprinkles.