Boomkat Product Review:
1200 Hobos / Anticon founding member DJ Signify finally makes his full-length debut following his recent 7" for Bully and his excellent "Winter's Going" 12" also for lex. Signify has been around for years, but his output has been mostly confined to a series of notorious mixtapes ('Teach The Children' among them) and some dope production work for his fellow 1200 Hobos operators which culminated with his excellent "Mixed Messages" compendium of beats and cuts. His blend of darkly atmospheric textures and soundscaping proudly reaches deep into a myriad of musical traditions, something that's made clear immediately with the opening of the album and a sample of John Cage asking "If God is good, why is there evil in the world?". The album unfolds like a more introverted, introspective DJ Shadow, unafraid to dig into all sorts of beguiling found sounds and unexpected twists. Buck 65 and Sage Francis offer up the rhymes for about half the tracks here, and it's Sage who packs the brightest verbal punch with his hoarse delivery and contemplative tales of woe. DJ Signify is a good addition to the fine Lex roster, fitting in perfectly as atmosphere-maker-in-residence, especially useful for those late late nights spent deep in thought. Mindblowing packaging, Recommended.