Track #2: "An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum."
This is the mbira solo song.
But first there's that loop—a horror movie soprano voice splice that sounds like witchcraft. The loop, Steve Reich-style (or to be exact, Laurie Anderson Big Science-style), holds down a hypnotic beat—along with a simple dose of drum machine—under a sluggish rap. You're already addicted. [pullquote]First there's that loop—a horror movie soprano voice splice that sounds like witchcraft.[/pullquote]
But then it's gone, replaced by a gently spooky African thumb piano, the mbira—recontextualizing this whole Shabazz Palaces set.
The horror voice sample returns soon enough for a little duet—and we're off: More downbeat rapping, descending synth notes, and one-hit percussion.
This three-minute show stopper also has my favorite rap on the whole album:
"Rise of the lost. Yeah Yeah. Yeah Yeah. No Yeah. Yeah Yeah. Yeah ... yeah."
Here are my previous posts on Tracks #1 and 7.