Dälek – Nothing Stays Permanent

• “Nothing Stays Permanent” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to Ipecac Recordings.

8.3 “Fantastic Hip Hop / Rap from the USA”

First out as a single in August, 2017, before taking pride of place on their album “Endangered Philosophies” a month later.

Dark, murky and eerie hip-hop, perfectly pitched for a world with problems. I’m a confirmed fan of this New Jersey group (pronounced ‘Die-a-leck’), led by Will Brooks (MC dälek); they’ve always got something intelligent to say and do it with some style.

On this ‘un, the dark and heavy beats from Mike Manteca and rEk are as one with the quietly seething frontman, who warns that these are turbulent times, and urge you to beware of the lies that they tell you – ignorance is lethal, the machine don’t need you. Adaptable for a range of political ills across the globe, MC Dälek bemoans “Such malaise mongst masses, delayed reactions, drastic tactics”. Don’t put up with it: “Living in the age of uncertainty where the absence of clarity creates opportunity. Disrupt continuity!

You need to really lean in to hear the hard-hitting verses, but the chorus can be nailed down memorably:

Times turbulent
Nothing stays permanent
Change burgeoning
Fate self-determining

(YOU AINT GOT NO ONE TO BLAME BUT YOURSELF FOR THIS SITUATION)

The tension is palpable, but a change is surely gonna come. Nothing stays permanent.

Heard on Lee Adcock’s September 2017 show on Dandelion Radio.

Get it at Bandcamp.

2019-10-11

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