Music of the Week: Dälek – From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots
By Sherv Monday, 16 Jul 2007

My discovery of Dälek resulted from my lifelong fandom of Dr. Who; one of the prominent villains of the sci-fi series are synthesized living beings housed inside a metal shell of a body and are characterized by their shrill cries of “Exterminate!” Having never heard of this group before, I was amused by the similarity and potential homage so I downloaded From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots. After ten seconds of lull a grating and almost acerbic sample loops in and harsh lyrics are dished out: “Who you pray to, my god, the black god? / Who you pray to, my god, the brown god? / Who you pray to, my god, the white god? / Your reaction’s kind of odd for a kid who loves to nod” and the listener is taken on a rough and powerful journey through one of the most potent rap albums I have heard in my limited exposure to the genre. I can’t recommend this album enough; apart from the extremely weak track “Antichristo” which is basically just a Spanish-speaking preacher speaking about the arrival of the Anti-christ the rest of the album hits hard and belts out some fantastic rhythm and samples. The lyrics are intelligent while the samples are refreshing and elegantly integrated, creating an aural journey which is truly a treat for anyone who has even the slightest appreciation for rap.

Note: Dälek is actually pronounced as die-AH-lek, not DAH-lek like the characters.

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