Abandoned Language

Ipecac Recordings
Release date
27 Feb 2007
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Abandoned Language 10:10 17,516
2 Bricks Crumble 3:36 18,340
3 Paragraphs Relentless 5:31 17,636
4 Content To Play Villain 5:19 15,774
5 Lynch 5:24 14,157
6 Stagnant Waters 4:23 14,610
7 Starved For Truth 4:34 13,576
8 Isolated Stare 6:13 13,350
9 Corrupt (Knuckle Up) 4:03 13,405
10 Tarnished 6:43 13,201
11 (Subversive Script) 6:31 11,081

About this album

When we last left off with Dälek, they had released Absence, a dark and dirgy romp through hip-hop’s underground that left countless listeners and critics in awe. However, while it would probably be a good career move to replicate that album’s noisy charm, Dälek have once again reinvented themselves with their fourth and most accomplished full-length, Abandoned Language.

“We’ve been making wall of noise records for a long time and I think with Absence we realized that was as far as we wanted to go with that sound,” dälek (the MC/producer) explains. “That sound was just so heavy and dense, but the new one is about composition and notes we are playing. The layering is still there, but the instrumentation is totally different.” In fact, from the sinister strings in “Lynch” to old-school hip-hop flavor of “Isolated Stare” to the heady melodicism of “Tarnished”, Abandoned Language is complex enough for fans of avant-noise, but accessible enough for mainstream hip-hop audiences.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Dälek, here’s a short version: dälek began MCing and Djing in the late-80s, the current incarnation of the group didn’t exist until the mid-’90s when he brought co-producer Oktopus into the mix. Since then the duo have tirelessly toured and worked with countless other DJs and musicians to create some of the most challenging music in the underground.

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  • zkl2wwa

    Too much accordion.

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Radioans

    It's been years since I last listened to hip-hop. Decided to try and break the ice with this album, and damn, it's doper than I could've imagined.

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • celexicdream

    Their best album.

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • flyindevil

    Trips me out in a good way.

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • x-1-alpha

    For me its the best.

    2 Sep 2009 Reply
  • HMSTerror

    This is a totally fantastic album. Can't say enough good things about it.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • pinkalba

    Great description indeed.

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Phoenix_

    Surprisingly calm and melodic, compared to the earlier and noisier albums. But that is definately not a bad thing, indeed a cool album.

    14 Mar 2008 Reply

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