The Difference Machine return with their second full length album, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle”. The album continues the groups journey into the outer limits of what we call hip hop. Taking elements of classic boom bap, wonky beats, psychedelia, alternative rock, Def Jux/Anticon style left-field hip hop and more to create their own, hard as hell, unique sound. I honestly can’t remember hearing another group sound quite like this, and that is definitely a good thing.
Musically, Dr Conspiracy takes the lead on the heavy beats, but enlists the help of a full band to carve out a truly trippy, heady concoction of experimental sounds. At times the sounds make your neck snap so hard it it nearly breaks, and then their are more ethereal moments that give you time to stop and reflect before being thrown right back into the thick of it, having you head banged against a brick wall. But this is one hell of an intriguing brick wall that you want to hit your head against again and again and again.
Add to all this some of the most entertaining, intelligent, non-typical vocal performances I’ve heard in sometime, including guest spots from Homeboy Sandman and Paten Locke, “The 4th Side of the Eternal Triangle” is one of the best albums we’ve heard all year. Avoiding the cliches of both mainstream and underground hip hop, The Difference Machine are treading their own path, on their own journey and doing extremely well. If you have any interest in non-mainstream, non-typical hip hop, or music in general, please give these guys a listen.
The album is out Friday 24th of July on LP, cassette and digital all available via their bandcamp page. Check out what a difference a machine makes, you won’t be disappointed.