All songs written in 1998, and recorded between 1998 and 2000. due to financial hardships and other projects taking more time and energy At A Lucid End wasnt released until 2003.
On the back it says that "a whole lot of mind body and soul went into the creation of At a Lucid End", and you can hear every ounce. This is conscious hip hop at its realest - the words address everyday life and hard learned philosophies. Whatever the word for the opposite of bling is, that's what this is. The mood is downbeat, and all the tracks are really musical - there's a lot of instruments playing here and some wicked arrangements. At times, it's not a million miles away from wahwah funky, Check Your Head era Beastie Boys, except it's a 110% New Zild product (no shout outs from Mobb Deep here...), right down to the scratchy kiwi vocal samples in 'For the Record'. This is from a man who sampled the Country Calendar theme song, after all. A couple of standouts for me are the dirty analogue bass driven 'Farewell' (hints of Boards of Canada), and the gentle 'Show and Tell'. The breathy 'Something' (which featured on a capitalrecordings comp a year or two back) also sounds pretty money. Overall, the quality of the production and songwriting here is fucking excellent. If the NZ market was a bit bigger, this would blow up big time. Who knows, maybe it still will - go get yourself a copy.
Ren Hoek - The Package
released August 12, 2003
Musicians Featured: Jody Lloyd, Mardi Potter, Paul Bosauder, Roger Cowlishaw, Pascal Roggen, Jhan Lindsay, Lindon Puffin, Paul Glover, Mark Duff, Orion Waldegrave, Jo Barus, Ben King, Francis Hunt, Sundance Fairchild, Demarnia Lloyd, Eli Foley.