Imagine DOOM beats from Special Herbs flipped by way of Hawaii, Barbados and Syria, with dancehall basslines and singing that wouldn’t be out of place in a Berlin nightclub… that’s what KarenBe is giving us on this 5-track EP that makes DOOM’s version of hazy psychedelia seem like a school concert.
It’s gotten to the point now that what we should really all expect from MF DOOM is, well … the unexpected. Though this EP is unofficial, KarenBe says that he “gave his blessing”. It’s always interesting to hear what different musical brains do to source material, and DOOM’s open attitude to his beats being used and re-used mean that there are a lot of ways in which his music gets stretched. It’s also rare to hear this kind of sampling and stretching of existing beats used outside of pure hip hop. But what do you think of it?