Maggot Mouf and Dekoda’s collaborative release Magodatron 2020 is a dark, grimy compilation decorated with dirty bassy beats with complex, clever overlays, masterful cuts and industrialist undertones reminiscent of a horror flick, clutching at your nostalgia and exemplifying how hip hop is supposed to sound. From the very first track the tone of a futuristic industrial wasteland is set. Masterfully put together with the tightest production by Gargoyle, Carat Gold and Sammy Scissors, cuts by Sammy Scissors and No Name Nath and a guest verse from Scott Skills, Magodotron 2020 is a pull no punches masterpiece where every track makes the listener feel as though they are a part of the grimy underworld the album seeks to convey.
The album is a two year project that aims to steer away from generic sub-genres of hip hop and transcends these boundaries in an attempt to create its own unique sound, whilst pinpointing their disdain for all things mainstream. It envisions simplicity out of the complexities of its topics and the griminess that colours the tone of the album means that it remains true to the roots that have made their previous releases so successful. It’s also a personal and carefully thought out compilation; the album artwork was done by Dekoda, the name Magodatron is an amalgamation of their names (the “tron” is added to give it a futuristic slant), and “2020” points towards a time in the future and makes references to the fact that all the tracks contain 20 bar verses.
Magodatron 2020 takes you on an eerie journey through a gritty soundscape from the outset, and is delivered with Mouf and Dekoda’s classic signature brutality and unrelenting style, spitfire lyrics and masterful beats with complex overlays that compliment the rhymes. Staunch head nodder So What features a guest verse by Sammy Scissors and launches a scathing attack on the sheer arrogance of society and its tendencies to stereotype success. Similarly, Burn is a rip on commercial emcees and their predisposition to write vacuous content for the purpose of selling albums. Zombiesfeatures Scott Skills and oozes an eeriness that makes one feel like they are part of a seedy underworld. Dance with Girls contains clever wordplay and references romantic youth liaisons, in stark contrast to the dark and mysterious Horseman.
It’s different and refreshing in the way that the content has…well, content. It’s not peppered with references about how awesome you spit, or how great your crew is, or hollering respect to your local Westfield. Its metaphorical references intertwine with clever double meanings and this gives the album infinite substance. At the very least, it demands respect through its attitude; that of which throws two hands up and says “so fuckin what?”
Standout tracks: Horseman, Steam Train, So What and Zombies.
released March 12, 2012
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