Dubbed as ‘alt hip-hop’ by their iconic label Ipecac Records we can’t agree more to the implication of this honorific as the New Jersey tone evangelists are indeed an alternative, if not thee alternative: being Hip Hop for those who don’t pigeon-hole themselves as typical Hip Hop diehards, attracting those who keep listening outside the box. Subversive. Paradigm-changing. Mindblowing.
Dälek do not have a message, they are the message: with focusing both on tone and content while staying true to the roots of HipHop but bringing in the love for monolithic sound arrangements as well as dream-like haze of sheer volume they combine both the powers of sound and words solely and undisputable.