Boomkat Product Review:
Disciples embrace the killer avant-rap of Washington D.C.’s Model Home after turning out sympathetic oddities from Bogdan Raczynski, Black Lodge and His Name Is Alive.
Affiliated with Max D’s Future Times posse and recalling the precedents of everyone from Lil B, to Anticon, Sensational and JPEGMAFIA, on ‘One Year’ Model Home tread their own path of scuzzy and lo-fi beats and unhinged rap, often processed into unintelligible noise and driven by raggo, dare-to-be-different beats that resemble hip hop as much as mutant industrial and EBM, and not afraid to swerve into murky ambient., or what they call “a collaborative experiment in liberated sound, vision, and performance.”
The album’s 11 joints are freely improvised in a nerve-riding, ruffshod style crucially powered by fizzing and skewed beats. Tracks come from 8 individual, self-released mixtapes made over an intense 12 month period, and grittily gel to frame the unit at their rudest and most sprawling, coming off like a short-circuited Young Thug on ‘Push Thru’, or like a sun-bleached Tapes in ‘Faultfinder’, while ‘Livin’ In a Treehouse’ and ‘Loud Pause’ sound like Liquid G for the Soundcloud rap gen, and ‘Cheek To The Matrix’ trades in a unique strain of steel-drum-dappled codeine rap abstraction.