Much like the adhesive from which they take their name, indie rap group Glue proves with their latest that three artists hailing from three different parts of the country can meld their individual talents together and distinguish themselves in the overcrowded indie rap scene. Catch as Catch Can, their third disc, is an almost flawless mix of cleverly compact rhymes, crisply-fried breakbeats and finely sheared DJ scratching.
Beat conductor Maker provides the group’s foundation with a selection of freshly culled, diced and spliced funk and soul samples accentuated by the accelerated fingerpick-like movements of the group’s resident turntablist, DJ DQ. Trekking across the notes of these party-ready beats is rapper Adeem’s multitudinous but not-so-hard-to-decipher flow. The two-time Scribble Jam battle rap champ breaks trail too as probably the first underground rapper to talk about an aversion to one-night stands with his track “Glupies.”
A multitude of ideas, lyrics and influences drive Catch As Catch Can, yielding an album that sticks to the ears as well as the brain. (Ira Sather-Olson)
Glue performs Tuesday, April 10 at The Loft. 9 PM. $6.