Food for Animals doesn't much care for conventional hip-hop. Producer Ricky Rabbit (Nick Rivetti) carves out beats from glitchy noise and crackling feedback—most often placing the group well outside the category of Best Buy-appropriate hip-hop and much more into an experimental, what-the-hell-is-happening noise territory of your local in-the-know record store. But what keeps the tracks moving forward for the D.C. posse is the work of MCs Vulture Voltaire (Andrew Field-Pickering) and HY (Sterling Warren), who find the rhythm within an unrhythmic structure. They rap through the hidden beats in a way that flows almost supernaturally. Today's 12 O'Clock Track
, "Bulk Gummies," is one of the more straightforward of the band's tracks from its 2007 album, Belly
. It gurgles and sweeps in staggered clips and makes the listener work to find the backbone. I can't find any record of what the group has released since Belly
—implying they're either defunct or on indefinite hiatus—but the album continues to unearth a new wrinkle every time I spin it.