700 Bliss is Moor Mother's collaborative project with DJ Haram, another Philly artist with equally radical inclinations. Their debut EP, Spa 700, is seething and wrathful, pairing hardcore poetry with raw, lean instrumentals. "Look ma, we made it," Moor Mother screams on "Basic," the opening track. "Only lost 100,000 coming over on them slave ships." The beat, with tense Middle Eastern strings dancing atop an overblown bass drum, matches the gravity of the subject. DJ Haram often pairs Middle Eastern recordings with the tough rhythms of East Coast club music (Jersey, Philly, Baltimore club), and on Spa 700 the combination feels especially potent. On the skeletal "Living," there aren't even any drums till halfway through. The tension is delicious.
The other highlight is "Scully," where Moor Mother sounds as awesome and terrifying as a pissed-off god. The beat gives her plenty of room to stretch out, while also creating a totally trapped and airless ambience. It's proof of a powerful rapport, the kind of explosive chemical reaction you hope for from any collaborative project.