Dark Time Sunshine
Vessel


4.5
superb

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
April 25th, 2010 | 681 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Innovative production complementing excellent lyricism - one of the first memorable records of the new decade

Relaxing and always likely to yield some results (positive or negative), crate-digging is a vacation hobby of mine. In town for Seattle's 2008 Bumbershoot festival, I walked into the (somewhat) renowned Silver Platters record store seeking not only to relieve a bladder beyond capacity, but also enlightenment on the local music scene. With respect to hip-hop, the first name out of several mouths was "Grayskul" - being well known in the underground is typically a good sign, so that made Bloody Radio an easy selection. While the overall sound was pretty typical for the region, one part of the equation really stood out: MC Onry Ozzborn. So I've kept my eyes peeled for the past two years - albeit a few equally uninspired releases followed, Dark Time Sunshine's Vessel was well worth the wait.

The DTS project rectifies every Grayskul-presented hip-hop faux-pas by, first of all, removing all other lyricists from the mix. Ozzborn, reborn under the new pseudonym Cape Cowen, is given a chance to shine. And shine he does, beyond all expectations set by his prior involvements: insightful storytelling, multi-syllabic and internal rhymes, and an obvious intelligence presents a unique interbreeding of several "indie-rap" innovators. For sake of comparison only, picture elements of Slug, Aesop Rock, and El-P, sans the scientifical wizard-rap. A true testament to his abilities is his capability to keep up with highly respected featured artists; where P.O.S., Aes Rock, and Solillaquists' Swamburger drop fantastic verses, they never overshadow the star of the show, who justifiably and creatively maintains any listeners' focus.

The second important facet of Dark Time Sunshine's success is its forsaking of Northwestern tradition with respect to production. Chicago producer Zavala further expands his region's burgeoning sonic renown to include not only the pop-rap and electronic ideals of his peers and precursors, but also an experimental aura courtesy of late 90s-era Company Flow influences of sorts. Zavala puts forth what seems to be roots in rock composition and sampling, combining this with electronic-heavy beats, soulful choruses, and more-than-adequately performed vocal cameos. The result is a completely different breed of hip-hop, drawing from the psychadelic.

Everything about Vessel just works, from the operatic-come rock leanings of intro "Vessel" to the epic chilldown outro of "No Eye Contact", Dark Time Sunshine's sophomore effort is a ride worth taking from start to finish. This not only for fans of indie-rooted hip-hop, but eclectic music in general and will be remembered as one of the first great joints of the new decade.

http://www.myspace.com/darktimesunshine

To Purchase Vessel: http://www.circleintosquare.com/item/vessel



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Shrapnel94
April 25th 2010


2213 Comments


I'll listen to it. I know how it feels to find an awesome album and review it and then nobody listens to it.

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude you got your backpack all zipped up and everything. now tell me...

ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL?!?!?!11?!

Tupik
April 25th 2010


672 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll give it a listen as well
Nice review.

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but no seriously i am downloading this right now and this is a good review i'm just a joker i am.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 25th 2010


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dude you got your backpack all zipped up and everything. now tell me...

ARE YOU READY FOR SCHOOL?!?!?!11?!


Madvillain, Cuban Linx, Kanye, RJD2

Nice try.

Silly joker.

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Madvillain, Cuban Linx, Kanye, RJD2

Nice try.

Silly joker.


I know, aren't I the worst?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 25th 2010


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

YES

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome

ant4tbc
April 25th 2010


373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

soooooo good.

Bulldog
April 25th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

so this is pretty amazing but no one will listen to it

edit: except bulldog ugh


What's wrong with me listening to this?

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm not bulldog though so i don't get it.

Bulldog
April 25th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

yea kingsoby, i think you're confused as to who's who.


kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 25th 2010


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

neither do i

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

WELL then...

Bulldog
April 25th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW2iaJbPXX8

Listening to this atm, not so keen on it

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 25th 2010


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

prob cause its not like BOOM BOOM BOOM and more like Boom chick bliddlebliddle chick Boom chick

O.J. Simpson
April 25th 2010


408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the production so far, not gonna lie.

this is lookin at 3.5-4 for me.

Bulldog
April 25th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off


prob cause its not like BOOM BOOM BOOM and more like Boom chick bliddlebliddle chick Boom chick


damn you got ME figured out BIG TIME.

like a cat
April 25th 2010


133 Comments


i ain't gonna lie broski, i'm only interested in this because of the artwork.

Bulldog
April 25th 2010


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

i feel like that sometimes dude.

also, is your name a reference to the Lil B song "Cats Hart"?



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