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CASISDEAD's latest is described as a sci-fi film, and its '80s video nasty-inspired backdrop (aided by contributions from Desire, Johnny Jewel, Stranger Things composer Kyle Dixon and Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant) is the perfect canvas for the dystopian rapper to paint vivid pictures of bleak, paranoid futures.
CAS has been a reliable fixture in the Brit rap underground since 2013, and 'Famous Last Words' is their most complete statement yet. Cinematic, mysterious and deviously auteurish, it's a record with a clear idea of its intentions and innovations, that captures the sound of vintage electro pop and decaying horror soundtracks and imagines a space where it'd make sense as fodder for a rapper as lyrically dextrous as CAS to chew over. Occasionally it's tense and foreboding, like on 'A Spark' and the moody 'Steptronic', that sounds like chopped 'n screwed, Carpenter-esque disco.
But then there are moments where CAS is able to embrace their romantic side. On the Desire-assisted 'Actin' Up' and 'Matte Grey Wrap', CAS sounds renewed, slurring assuredly over squashed Linn drum thuds and duetting confidently with Megan Louise. And when Neil Tennant shows up on the album's triumphant finale 'Skydive', it makes perfect sense. CAS is able to ink connections between vastly different styles and scenes, unifying everything with his strong, steady narrative and well-defined artistic vision.