Oh, No! It’s Darko is the latest album from Pennsylvania-based human hip-hop experiment, Darko The Super, inspired by the 1982 synth pop release Oh, No! It’s Devo. Darko takes from his influence of musicians like Devo, Oingo Boingo, Frank Zappa, and The Spits, and applies them to this soulful hip hop opus. Each track is produced by Darko’s beat making alias Doc Heller, who’s sample-based style compliments The Super’s strange yet whimsical singing and rhyming. Released on cassette by experimental DIY label Already Dead Tapes & Records, this is a rap album like no other of recent times and is Reminiscent of MF Doom‘s Operation: Doomsday and Beck‘s Mellow Gold.
Darko deals with rejection and confusion in these tales of love and fear. It starts with the track The First Slit Is The Deepest, which references Cat Stevens timeless classic ‘The First Cut Is The Deepest’, opening the album with the line “They spit me out”, which is also the opening song on The Spits legendary #2 record. Darko weaves his web of pop culture references throughout this album from the lyrics to the track titles. His song about being dumped, ‘Only A Fad’, is a reference to the amazing ‘Only A Lad’ album by Oingo Boingo. The title for ‘Until The Day I Die And Then For A Couple Days After That’ is a direct quote from Phillip Seymour Hoffman‘s character in the film Pirate Radio. ‘In The Someday’, a song about unrequited love, is also a lyric from Nirvana‘s ‘I Hate Myself And Wanna Die’. The self deprecating track ‘Song For Dr. Dre To Sell’ is a reference to Das Damen‘s cover of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour titled ‘Song For Michael Jackson To $ell’ off of Marshmellow Conspiracy. Darko’s story of suicide, ‘Crown of Thorns’ is also a reference to the movie Dead Poets Society. All together Oh, No! It’s Darko is a wonderful representation of angst, love, and anxiety. Anyone in those positions who also loves progressive music just may enjoy the stylings of Darko The Super.
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