13 & God is a collaboration between Germanys long-in-tooth electronic punks Notwist and Californias underground hip-hop heads Themselves. What? Yeah, wrap your mind around that headfuck. Notwist contribute captivating laptop pop while Themselves seep synthesized android-rap into the tracks. The formers whimsy and the latters inventive drum claps mesh together to form something. But problems arise early in the album, and theres a shortage of congruity. Two standout tracks Men of Station and Perfect Speed feature little from Themselves and couldve easily found a home on Notwists 2002 release, Neon Golden. If is hopeful; it features vocalists from both groups the drawback is the tune sounds like two unrelated tracks stuck together with the bass line as glue. The song is the closest thing to perfection on this hit-and-miss disc. While the collaboration is imaginative, it lacks the organic nature of true rap making this mishmash of opposite worlds essentially meaningless.
Appears Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700. With Boy in Static, Notwist and Themselves.
Dustin Walsh writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.