Black Is Beautiful
Figuring out the London duo Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland might be an exercise in futility. The infamous tricksters, aka Hype Williams (a reference to the hip-hop video producer), delight in biographical misinformation and bizarre, conceptualist antics. Their first LP for the Hyperdub label, though, is surprisingly forthright, swirling up New Age synth froth with rickety drum machines, in styles ranging from lo-fi hip-hop to stunted juke mutations, and taking inspiration everywhere from Moodymann to Third World flea-market cassettes. Strip away the PR feints, and their music's no joke.