No. 3 On The Phone EP

label: subversiv

production: daddy kev

year of release: 2003
side one: 1. Decompose (vocal); 2. Still Jock (vocal); 3. Idiot Breath (radio); 4. Idiot Breath (street)
side two: 1. Decompose (inst); 2. Still Jock (inst); 3. Idiot Breath (inst); 4. Wild Is The Wind Remix (bonus)

If I was looking for just one word to describe this EP it would undoubtedly be 'short.' Of the nine tracks here, AWOL's lyrics accompany only three different songs, and the remainder is made up of instrumentals, a 'street'version and the intriguing "Wild Is The Wind Remix".
A crisp piano sample provides the platform for Awol's strange lyrics on "Decompose". His flow runs between simple speech delivery and a slightly-elevated sing-song delivery, and his lyrics are as indecipherable as "Forgive me if I don't know what I'm doing, but this is my first time on the planet." Hmmmm…
"Still Jock" begins with an instrumental introduction that sounds like something from a Tom and Jerry cartoon, and then builds into a melody which was actually used for a pop song in England a couple of years ago (if only I could remember which one). More lyrical craziness ensues as the beat begins to alternate between melodic sections and sparse, pre-90s Hip Hop sections.
And then on "Idiot Breath", with its refrain of "Watch 'em move around like dumb fucking idiots", you get the idea that perhaps Awol's curious lyrics have been a commentary on the current state of Hip Hop all along. Over Daddy Kev's stuttering beats and the repeating horn sample that builds into a crescendo, Awol addresses the listener with lines like "if I die without having a Grammy, or if I never be on TRL, that's OK; I know who I am, and my friends and my fans." So who's to say what the man is talking about?
The inclusion of instrumental versions seems a little pointless, and almost like a ploy to extend the length of the EP, but if you skip through them, "Wild Is The Wind Remix" is definitely worth hearing. The track itself is (similar to the others) fairly simple, and led by a wandering guitar, but instead of Awol's raps here, we get the silky vocals of an unnamed female who sings a little like Shirley Bassey.
If you take my advice and miss out the instrumentals, the whole process of listening to this EP takes less than eleven minutes, and the three minutes of "Wild Is The Wind Remix" are probably the best. And that's it. Short and relatively sweet.
review: cornerstone
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