Music Review | posted 16.11.2011
Quelle Chris
Shotgun & Sleek Rifle
Synergy Works, 2011
Text Ulf Puntschuh
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Producer/MC Quelle Chris is currently getting a lot of attention because he is the freshest Detroit has to offer at the moment. Similar to Roc Marciano with his album Marcberg Quelle Chris’ first LP Shotguns & Sleek Rifles sounds like it could have easily been released in the mid 90s. No wonder above mentioned Roc Marciano helped out with a beat for the track The Crook and features on the track Shotgun. It just seems Roc gets along perfectly with the albums raw atmosphere and with the deep bass-guitars and dirty jazz-samples. Apart from two other tracks (produced by MosEl and DJ House Shoes) the rest of the production work was done by Quelle’s skinny hands themselves. Consistent with his sagging and dusty jazz-instrumentals, Quelle is not exactly delivering machine gun raps on the mic. Instead he mocks his rap environment in a laidback and placid manner (probably under the influence of a lot of weed). Especially Shotgun where you hear Quelle, Danny Brown and Roc spitting their lines over a dope minimalist guitar-sample is just great. And there is more tracks like that on Shotgun & Slee Rifles. Detroit has been and probably always will be a great place for raw MC’s and producers to develop. After Guilty Simpson and Danny Brown Quelle Chris is the next proof for that. So the hype being created right now seems to be justified. There are those artists every once in a while who bring the listener back to the golden era with their unpolished and evenhanded sound. They just keep doing their thing, no matter what is hip.

You can find Shotgun & Sleek Rifle by Quelle Chris at hhv.de as CD.
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