Odd Nosdam's work doesn't, on the surface, sound that much like Shadow's. The underground hip-hop producer -- who made his name on the lovely, if sometimes maddening, Clouddead albums -- borrows from shoegazer drones, dub and even Boards of Canada on his solo debut, Burner. But in many ways Nosdam is Shadow's successor: Both go slow and heavy -- a rare hip-hop combo -- and know washes of sound can be just as poignant as razor-sharp notes. Nosdam has a few too many noisy, unstructured periods on the record. But when he pulls together a true song (as on "11th Ave Freakout Pt 2," featuring Mike Patton, or "Untitled 3"), it's sure to be strangely beautiful.
The trip-hop comeback will probably focus more on car ads and bars that sell mojitos. But put together a mix CD that links Shadow and Nosdam along with some of their cohorts, and you'll see that the revival of downtempo could be worthwhile.
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