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Council of Word

Danny One Shoe and Deep Rawk Dave, this Council's members, come by their old-school sound honestly. They've been making Mile High hip-hop since 1989, and instead of mimicking the latest production flavor, they stick with what they know and love. Example: "Movement of Thought," which opens with wiki-wiki scratching and a manipulated sample of a stentorian announcer before rolling into a spare backing track marked by jazzy percussion and a funky bass loop. Granted, the throwback vibe can be limiting: The closest thing to sonic surprise is "Smoggin Up Denver," a guitar-driven goof that lasts only a little over thirty seconds. But if "Top of the World" is resolutely minor, it offers up a plethora of local references (the Denver Grizzlies!) as compensation. Take that, Colorado rhymers-come-lately.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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