THE CONSIDERATE BUILDERS SCHEME
EXIT TO RIVERSIDE
If you listen to as much of the Neptunes as you do experimental electronica something like this is bound to happen: take a massive respect for the art of good hip-hop production, combine it with a love of all things electronic, and you've got the building blocks for a sound that's pretty much as on point as it gets. Following on from the sound of Prefuse73 and Timbaland's instrumentals, 'Exit to Riverside' clutters, stomps and slides it's way through it's 11 tracks, from the dense funk of 'And Five' and the robot drawl of 'Back Space' to the street bounce of 'Busted' and the fuzzy head-nod of 'The Project'; hip hop that's as much about where we've been as it is about a deep-seated appreciation of modern electronic music and the continual progression of the artform.So "The Considerate Builders Scheme" stands only accidently - due to their common Southafrican origin - in company with Grime but evidently in the tradition of artists like Clatterbox on Clear or Beans of the Anti Pop Consortium. If you are speking of "exit to riverside" as a hip-hop-album, you have to admit that there are no rhymes and that`s probably the reason why the shop assistant will have difficulties to place it in next to Snoop and Kanye. But it wouldn`t be out of place there because "exit to riverside" substitutes the missing raps for an enormous variety of little melody snippets and it achieves what only a few of the artists working inside the experimental/abstract-hip-hop-genre achieve: it rocks! And the album does that in a just about that much unmanly way, that it is still ALLOWED to speak about FAT and WICKED - but that at the same time there is an OBLIGATION to consider all the subtle distinctions modern electronic music in the year 2006 asks for. Playful like 11, yobbish like 15, nerdy like 20 and being an old hand at everything. It`s an album to sing along to, to nod your head and to dance to. 'Exit To Riverside' will pave his way onto your turntables and into the clubs. His second album will make CBS a popstar - whether he wants it or not.