October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ape Sounds

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap
We gave it a B

Where his avant-pop homeboy Cornelius bows to Brian Wilson, the Japanese fashion magnate-cum-musician Nigo (see Bathing Ape streetwear) sounds more inspired by hip-hop auteurs like Prince Paul. But alongside rappers who sling rhymes over Chinese orchestras(!), Nigo’s odd jukebox Ape Sounds features My Bloody Valentine-style guitar drones and cocktail-lounge dub, plus catchy encounters with Beastie Boys associate Money Mark and precocious Aussie alt-rocker Ben Lee. Maybe this moonlighter should quit his day job. B

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