Representing the Lady Gaga Era's dark underbelly, South Africa's
Die Antwoord are the real Little Monsters of their time, brought to
fame by a series of videos that looked like David Cronenberg and
Keith Haring were co-directing. On their debut album, $O$, the
music is just as phantasmagoric, unsettling, and bursting with the
same sick humor as their videos, but there s also the same amount
of care put into the product. Even as these incredibly busy
hip-hop-meets-rave productions rocket toward the brink of chaos,
the listener is harnessed in by layers of hooks and plenty of
cheeky musical ideas. First, there s the setup: a duo of South
African s trashiest trailer kids, including a lead male rapper,
Ninja, who is obsessed with his namesake plus a albino kewpie doll,
pixie-voiced back-up singer, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, who often channels
her inner sex goddess even when she s traditionally unsexy. A
third, shadow member, DJ Hi-Tek, supplies much of the music, making
wonderfully outlandish decisions like sampling Smile.dk s sugary
hit Butterfly for the massive Enter the Ninja, a hypnotic
motivational track that should pump up any given mutant before they
enter the ring. When Scopie - this album is chock-full of NSFW
South African slang -- samples Short Dick Man, it s clever, and
borrowing from the Bronski Beat for the epic sex track Beat Boy is
just one example of thealbum s fascinating love of old synth music,
from new wave to gabba hardcore with a little love thrown dubstep s
way. Jamaican dancehall is referenced on Evil Boy, which turns
Little Red Riding Hood into a story of phallic bragging, as is
dancehall s iffy relationship with the batty boy , because Die
Antwoord are hardly politically correct. Elsewhere, your mom s
private parts end up in a Fish Paste jar as an insult,and Ninja s
idea of a sexual encounter always requires post-coital mops and
buckets. If it matters, none of this is real, and Die Antwoord are
actually conceptual artists, presenting exaggerated versions of
their inner zef . Whoever they are, $o$ is utterly unique and
downright dazzling if you dream of a Grand Guignol hosted by P.
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Rap / Hip hop
Pop / Rock
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