Anarchist Republic Of Bzzz – S/T

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This is a strange one. The mysterious Seb El Zin seems to be the ringleader here, supported by Arto Lindsay, Marc Ribot, Mike Ladd, and one-time Jungle Brother, Sensational. Ladd and Sensational split the freestyling duties over sparse, murky, metallic, industrial-sounding guitar loops. Those looking for guitar solos will be sorely disappointed. There are no musical samples, no beats, no bass, and no drums. Ladd and Sensational have very different styles, but the dark production holds it together nicely. The remixes at the end of the CD (missing on the LP) do add some beats and additional instrumentation, but this is still one of the strangest hip-hop albums you’re likely to hear.

Review by Sean Westergaard