Stop talking about ‘Endtroducing‘, just for a bit, Shadow’s debut may be a piece of brilliance, but he exists still and produces work even now. This latest missive is a report on the state of our existence when we’re so bought into capitalism the very raw material of our world is being eaten away to produce a temporary high of consuming, where the people we appoint to protect and guide us hurt us and think more of their personal arguments, where we are all entitled via social media, to nothing. Apposite that the cover is a phone screen.
It has to be said that the first disc is a selection of variable bedroom instruments, in which a free Jazz element works for ‘Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law‘, but atmospheric pieces like ‘Firestorm‘ and ‘Weightless‘ have little to grab onto, but Rosie’s banging chant is a real treat,
2nd disc? A host of helpers, Nas and Pharoahe Monch toughening up ‘Drone Warfare‘, De La Soul working well with the thrusting beats and soft brass of ‘Rocket Fuel‘, great flow from Run The Jewels on ‘Kings & Queens‘, this is mostly great, when the raps hit they realy hit well, smooth and direct, as on ‘Urgent, Important, Please Read‘, well done Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe and Daemon and the amost 80’s Soul stomp of the title track is a joy. And go on, finish with a drum machine flurry and Eminem touched speed raps with chart chorus; ‘Two Notes‘ just works.
An album of 2 halves, both interesting but CD2 amazing; still producing great work, lovely to have him back. Put this album next to ‘Endtroducing‘.
Out On Mass Appeal Records II
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