ENEMIES OF SILENCE
ALBUM NONS, MNW RELEASE: AUGUST
26, 2002 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 18, 2002
are my saviours. Swedish hip hop has exploded in popularity, and has consequently
been streamlined into mindnumbing dullness and conformity. Our only fervent
hope is that heroes like Kpist grab their antique synthesizers from their
northern headquarters, set siege to Stockholm and fire their analogue
bass lines right into the masses of unimaginative crap rappers that control
It is unfair to confine Kpist into the narrow confines of hip hop. They
swerve wildly between funk, rock and electronica, injecting this diversity
into the twitching body of hip hop.
Since their last album "Voltage Controlled" from 1997, Kpist
have emigrated from the garage into the studio, edging from rock towards
hip hop, but their new professionalism has not robbed them of their cockiness
or their inventive spirit.
Kpist, a band from Umeå in the north of Sweden, is a different kind
of hip hop than the purist movement in Stockholm, where the music seems
redundant and preference is given to the swelling egos of bragging celebrity
rappers. That's when we need something like Kpist's "C64", a
vocoder hit wonder about a computer game character escaping the screen
into reality: "You ask me why you're all made of dots, and why you've
always been chased by robots, they don't know that it makes you sick,
and that your movement's decided by a joystick."
Kpist aren't the greatest rappers in Sweden, or the most distinguished
musicians. It's not that they will redefine the boundaries of music or
invent the future. They just rock. And sometimes that's enough to blow
it all to pieces.