Soul De Rey 2

by EvillDewer

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Boston has a lot more to offer than just “throw your threes” platitudes. Evilldewer is on the cutting edge. A sound unlike any other in the Bean, the closest comparison is a synthesis of the experimental rhythms explored by Dilla and Madlib mixed with hardcore knocking of east coast stalwarts like MOP and Celph Titled. His newest release “Soul De Rey II” is an effortless blend of hard-hitting syncopated drum patterns and transient nuances. The next installment in the eponymous series ( Evilldewer is Wesley REYes), part two is a further exploration of a new side of hip-hop. Away from the cliched beats and rhymes that plagues so much of Boston and American hip-hop in, Soul De Rey II is forward thinking, though acknowledges the past. By definition hip-hop is a blend of all music, a genre which takes in everything around it to output a new perspective on what exists. Soul De Rey II exemplifies this definition and shows how truly diverse the genre can be. - Alston Pudding

DJ/producer EvillDewer may not be on the level of someone like, say, Madlib — he would need 20 years of experience, a half-dozen aliases, and to release a new album every month (like the LA producer did two years ago) to match that level of output. But aside from those disqualifiers, the scary thing is that there isn’t much else separating the two. On “Soul de Rey 2,” his second album this year after the sonically jarring, psychedelic-influenced “Rap Ish,” EvillDewer returns to a more accessible sound: Warbling organs and chimes give a breaking dawn flavor to “All Rise,” while “Late Night With Evill” eases into the album’s b-side by polishing off a reclaimed saxophone sample and turning it into a throbbing pulse of the beat. In between, there are harsher departures like “The Filth,” a grimy piece of urban menace that would do Mobb Deep proud, and “The Heat,” a minimalist gangster strut with a stifled drum loop wrapped around a glitchy, ethereal vocal sample. Like MF Doom and Alchemist, however, EvillDewer also inserts personality and a distinctive flavor to the proceedings with interludes that add an atmospheric touch. Madlib, watch your back. - The Boston Globe


released December 12, 2012



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