Nothing MC Paul Barman does is obvious and this, his third album, Echo Chamber, is fantastical and preposterous in equal parts.
In its style and presentation, the spectre of underground rap's malevolent supervillain MF DOOM hangs over the record and, indeed, it features two cosmic DOOM beats: 99.9999% and Believe That.
Best of all is the Masta Ace-assisted Antennas, a mean slice of rugged street rap, elsewhere, Questlove is behind the boards on six tracks offering snappy drum loops for Barman's offbeat, wacky flow.
Nerdcore to the core, he cares little for the metrics used to gauge the quality of most MCs' rapping. For those who can tune their ears to it, this is a wild ride.