Enduser – Run War

Ad Noiseam has built up a good reputation, with various releases full of challenging electronic music. Their musical scope seems to become broader and broader. A good example is this album by Enduser, which combines breakcore, jungle, ragga and hiphop. Certainly no styles I’m often exposed to. “Run War” is the first full length album for Enduser aka Lynn Standafer on Ad Noiseam. It contains a selection of 17 previously unreleased tracks recorded between 2000 and 2004.

Enduser deserves repect for the variety of musical styles and especially the juxtaposing of surprising elements. Especially the (found) vocals often make up for interesting combination. A good example is “Under my bed’, featuring the typical voice of Bj√∂rk, or ‘Dissin Monks’ featuring Gregorian choirs. My favourite is the Portishead-like, sensual ‘Choppin lambs’. Many samples, distorted or not, are thrown into the mix. At times the tracks are hectic with stuttering beats and aggressive rap vocals, other tunes are downtempo, deep and soulful (DJ Shadow sometimes comes to my mind). An interesting and lively big city collage, not completely my cup of tea, but a fresh and inspired album.

Under my bed
Blastin Mothafuckaz
Choppin Lambs (excerpt)
Rohypnol Beats (excerpt)

artist: Enduser
label: Ad Noiseam
details: 17 tracks, 2005 [adn46]