Les Swashbuckling Napoleons Shiver Me Timbers/Sky Writer

Thesis’s latest project, Les Swashbuckling Napoleons with fellow rapper Bleubird and DJ Spytek, finds him meandering into the "advanced hip-hop” of Anticon more than anything he’s done in the past. For "Shiver Me Timbers,” the a-side of their seven-inch debut, Signone explores the outer rim of the galaxy with his two-part beat while Thesis and Bleubird are intent on reporting on conditions here on Earth. On the flip side, Synesthesiak supplies a dark, urgent beat to accompany the anti-consumer lyrics of "Sky Writer.” With its deep bass and up-tempo beat, "Sky Writer” might just be the better of the two. But, Thesis and Bleubird work together well on both songs, weaving in and out of each other’s rapid-fire vocal assaults. Add razor-sharp cuts by DJ Spytek on both songs, and Thesis becomes part of yet another fresh, abstract rap project. And a nice teaser for their upcoming full-length. (Right Left Records)