SADEVILLAIN II: Sade Is Doomed (Again)
Not much is known about elusive British hip-hop icon MF DOOM. His stage persona, like his lyrical prowess, is memorable, yet difficult to grasp – never letting his listener settle nor escape. One thing we do know about the masked “supervillain” is that he has a soft spot for the work of Nigerian-born singer-songwriter Sade – showcased by his sampling of her ‘Kiss of Love’ on Operation: Doomsday’s namesake ‘Doomsday’. One producer saw this as reason enough to remix an entire EP of Sade’s tracks with MF DOOM vocals back in 2016. And the second installment just dropped.
Portsmouth-based hip hop producer Seanh just dropped his second Sade vs. DOOM record, entitled SADEVILLAIN II. Since 2016’s offering set social media streams alight with the unexpectedly beautiful pairing of Sade’s airy, melodic vocals and Daniel Dumile (a.k.a.. MF DOOM) gritty laid-back-to-the-point-of-slurring verbal gymnastics; it seemed only a matter of time before Seanh once again delved deep into the two artists’ discographies to create more enchanting mashups.
“Where the first record gave Sade’s melodies precedence, this one appears to let DOOM’s darker side out.”
“It is purely made for entertainment purposes”, he says, even though it grabbed over a million views a piece on multiple platforms. The first EP offered eight tracks, each of which sampled instrumental and vocal hooks from Sade tracks like ‘Jezebel’ and overlaid the unmistakable DOOM lyric performances from, for example, ‘My Favourite Ladies’. The result: a slow-jazz vibrancy, shimmering away underneath Dumile’s gritty wordplay.
The second EP does not disappoint. The idea stays the same, but the delivery comes with a darker tone. Where the first record gave Sade’s melodies precedence, this one appears to let DOOM’s darker side out. The rhythm and bass section is far closer to the instrumentals of MF DOOM’s own records, with a lo-fi crunch to the beats and vinyl like crackle to the bass. And Sade’s samples have been give the hip hop producer treatment, ripped and looped in a more aggressive way than in the first record. But, like the first, there’s still something tongue in cheek about the whole affair; not just in DOOM’s ironic lyrics, but in the playful sampling of children’s superhero cartoons in between tracks.
You can stream Seanh’s entire SADEVILLAIN II EP below, or visit his Bandcamp to download for free or donate a little something-something to support him.