Dälek: "Echoes Of..."

Dälek, paragons of sonic discord and aggressive social critique, are releasing a new album on 9.1 called Endangered Philosophies. This will be the first release the group has put out via Ipecac Recordings since 2009's Gutter Tactics. For "Echoes of…," Dälek's well-honed mode of conveyance remains intact, a mire of agit-tone (apparently sampled from METZ) providing foundation for aggressive, head-knocking percussion and turntable work. "Intellect is mourned by the intelligent/Truths once self-evident/Replaced by vile rhetoric…," MC Dälek laments, a requiem for humanity's ability to think critically and not so quickly fall prey to propaganda.  

Endangered Philosophies is up for pre-order.  You can listen to "Echoes of…" here:

Information regarding Endangered Philosophies, links, and tour dates were provided by Rarely Unable.  


Dälek, the New Jersey-based “hip-hop abstractionists” (FACT) who announced their return to Ipecac Recordings earlier this month along with news of the new album Endangered Philosophies (Sept. 1), preview the ​release with a stream of “Echoes of…”.

With Dälek, the flow has often been usurped by scorched textures, the product of synthetic decay, themes flitting from pungent political rage through to outright Dionysian frenzy. On
Endangered Philosophies, the lyrics are more focused and at the forefront than ever before, and MC Dälek's new experiments with rhyme styles and flow makes for a vital concoction. There's no doubt about it, Endangered Philosophies is a work of guttural catharsis, it is a call to arms, and "Echoes Of..." is a great example of this. Featuring manipulated source material from Toronto based rock band Metz, listen to the track below and check out the lyrics...


Respond to pressure
Viewed by most as lesser
Don't come with fake tears when you chose to play aggressor. Got the strength of ancestors
Compressed in modern form
Ancient text turns to breath when I perform
Fire from these vocal chords!
All these so-called leaders frauds
Spitting lies through weaker (broken) jaws
want us back where we belong
Intellect is mourned by the intelligent
Truths once self-evident
Replaced by vile rhetoric
Content to be your heretic
... i'm surrounded by my derelicts
Forever speak in Dälek
The future? We defining it!
Status quo? Defying it!
The violated violent.
The vilest men corrupt so we refuse to keep silent.

"Endangered Philosophies is Dälek's signature sound pushed in new directions. Re-sculpted to say all that needs to be said today. It is no one element, but rather an amalgamation of the lyrics, sonics, drums, noise, melody, bass, and turntablism,” explains MC Dälek of the new work, which he discusses further in a new Rolling Stone interview. “Endangered Philosophies is a very introspective record about very external forces. This isn't about one listen... it's about your evolving perception when you immerse yourself in the layers of sound and words. Endangered Philosophies is a record about the RIGHT NOW and yet will resonate differently each time it is listened to, in a word....timeless."

Pre-orders for the 11-track album are available now on CD and 2LP Etched Vinyl via: http://smarturl.it/Dalek, with digital pre-orders offering an instant download of “Echoes of…”

Live dates:
Aug 18 Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 19 Double Happiness - Columbus, OH
Aug 20 Mac's - Lansing, MI
Aug 21 Reggies - Chicago, IL (w/ Cult Of Luna)
Aug 22 Mod Club Theatre - Toronto, Canada (w/ Cult Of Luna)
Aug 23 Corona Theatre - Montreal, Canada (w/ Cult Of Luna)
Aug 24 Worcester Palladium - Worcester, MA (w/ Cult Of Luna)
Aug 25 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY (w/ Cult Of Luna)
October 28 Baltimore, MD Rams Head (Days of Darkness Festival)

“Before Def Jux, before Death Grips, before Yeezus, there was Dälek” (Noisey). Pioneers of alt hip-hop, Dälek features rapper/producer MC Dälek, producer/live electronics Mike Manteca and turntablist DJ rEk. With roots in the mid-‘90s DIY scene, Dälek has consistently released groundbreaking albums, starting with their 1998 debut EP, Negro Necro Nekros, which NME said saw the outfit “deconstruct hip hop” to 2016’s Asphalt for Eden, hailed by Pitchfork for its subtlety and restraint, saying “on Asphalt for Eden, hip hop ascends into the noosphere.”


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