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Úlfur Kolka: Human Error

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Published September 19, 2011

The latest offering from the former Kritikal Mazz frontman and Ciphah alias sees him rapping in English, which is always going to be a slight risk when it’s your second language, moreso than with regular ‘singing.’ And overall he does a decent job of it, leaning towards a more socially conscious style of hip hop not often examined by his Icelandic contemporaries.
However the music doesn’t quite match his ambitions. Most of the tracks contain mid-tempo, simplistic 4X4 beats that rather stunts the flow of Úlfur’s wordplay and makes the album feel a bit dated (did I hear him say “now it’s 2003” on the track ‘Tomorrow’?).
‘Human Error’ is a so-so album that does have the advantage of being free to download from his Bandcamp page. OK, you could pay 5 Euros to get it via Gogoyoko, but knowing human nature like I do, why would you want to do that?

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