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alternative hip hop, industrial hip hop, experimental hip hop, shoegazing, noise, ambient


1998–2011 (hiatus), 2015-present, Newark, New Jersey

Současný label:

Ipecac Recordings, Profound Lore Records


The Oktopus
MC Dälek (a.k.a. Will Brooks)


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Conceived in New Jersey from its emerging DIY scene from the late
‘90s, Dälek were known as pioneers over the last fifteen years for
their intriguing sound which fuses a blend of progressive hip-hop
artistry supported by a rhythmic backdrop consisting of sonic
experimentation through noise music and dark ambience. Their
singularity would be highlighted in five groundbreaking full-length
albums: Gutter Tactics (2009), Abandoned Language (2007), Absence
(2005), …From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002) - all released
on Ipecac Recordings - as well as Negro Necro Nekros (1998) on Gern
Blandsten. Dälek supported those albums on tour for over a decade and
have shared stages with influential artists such as KRS One, Tomahawk,
The Melvins, TOOL, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan,
Pharcyde, RJD2, DeLa Soul, Prince Paul, Lovage, ZU, Black Heart
Procession, Gaslamp Killer, Earth, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon,
Fantomas and more. In 2011, Dälek quietly went on hiatus for an
undetermined amount of time, as the members needed a break from the
rigorous schedule on the road.

Fast forward to Spring 2015, mastermind and producer MC Dälek (a.k.a.
Will Brooks, with the blessing of ex-member/co-producer Oktopus)
revived Dälek with a new lineup which now includes DJ rEk on
turntables and co-producer Mike Manteca on samplers and effects. The
trio have returned with their signature mind numbing, genre bending
blend of beats, noise and lyricism and are preparing to release the
highly anticipated first official Dälek release since their last
full-length, 2009’s Gutter Tactics. Titled Asphalt For Eden, this
new album sees a new creative peak for Dälek and will bring a new
awareness for this cult hip-hop entity now resurrected and ready to
show a formidable display of true hip hop artistry and