Daily Download: "Sick Days Are Upon Us," Kill the Vultures

Dark, unsettling and fascinating underground hip-hop.

Published October 7, 2005 7:01AM (EDT)

Sometime over the last couple of years, the gritty, old-school-obsessed underground hip-hop act Oddjobs dissolved and reformed into a new entity, Kill the Vultures, which seems to be a far more interesting -- and stranger -- beast. The beats are minimal, dark and more than a little bit unsettling, and the three rappers feed off this ominous energy like carrion, spitting out rhymes with maniacal energy. It's the best underground hip-hop I've heard this year. This track, maybe the most frenzied and hardest-hitting on the record, makes amazing use of a saxophone sample that gives the impression that the whole thing could spiral out of control at any moment, and that sense of barely controlled chaos is thrilling. Also available for free download is "The Vultures," which has one of the strangest and most intriguing beats on the album.

By Salon Staff

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