Boomkat Product Review:
Now on his third album for Aesthetics, producer and interdisciplinarian Daniel Givens presents another unlikely cocktail of spoken word, dub and dismantled, jazzy hip hop. The dark tone of the album, combined with this blurring of styles might prompt the label 'trip hop', and that's not entirely unfair. There's a sombre, confusing tone to all this, with only a series of heavy beats to sort out the mess, but it's an enjoyable, freestyle tangle of elements, sounding like something from a future film noir on 'Are You My Love' and the ominous beat compressions of 'Walk The Night', but then there's an entirely different sound to krautrock-infused synth workouts like 'City Waves', or 'He Went Into The Water'. As dizzying as the heavily processed, obscured narrative of the album is, Givens is enough of a sonic magician to hold your attention over its full 21-track duration.