Electricity Is on Our Side, setting the scene for the galaxies of words and sounds that follow on the L.A. rapper’s 10th album. “I’m from the golden age of name calling,” he declares on the next song, “I’m From a Different Time,” setting himself apart from the judicial corruption and poverty that often define real life in the inner city. “I don’t want to hear your personal take, the elders know,” Busdriver continues abstractly. “A branch of motor neurons being plucked like a six-string.” Featuring guest visitations from Daedelus, Hemlock Ernst, Denmark Vessey and Dntel, the record ranges from heavy rap and jazzy contemplation to more arty, psychedelic soundscapes that match Busdriver’s ever-intricate and poetically incisive wordplay.
“Galaxies unfurled, children born from our fire/Swept up in technologies that we don’t control, condone, uphold,” Busdriver muses against traffic noises and an intimate, jazzy trumpet interlude on the title track of