|MH-243 Blue Sky Black Death - A Heap Of Broken Images
Blue Sky Black Death step on the scene with their double CD debut, A Heap Of Broken Images. Comprised of producers Kingston and Young God, this San Francisco tandem explores the nether regions of hip-hop, meshing dark samples, vocal snippets and live intrumentation into an album that holds its mood from start to finish. The first CD consists entirely of dense instrumental music, while the second is structured around guest MCs. Jus Allah, Wise Intelligent (Poor Righteous Teachers), Sabac Red (Non-Phixion), Guru (Gang Starr), Chief Kamachi, A-Plus and Pep Love (Hieroglyphics), Rob Sonic, Virtuoso, Mikah-9 (Freestyle Fellowship), Awol One, and Holocaust (Wu-Tang) all appear. This deep line up of collaborations spans the spectrum of hip-hop sound with stirring cohesion.
|Pure, unadulterated hip-hop fire - Vapors / Screams quality all throughout - Word / Stunning - Mean Street / Recommended! - Boomkat / The music is so intriguing it's impossible to stop listenining - All Music Guide / If you need something new and fresh in your life you may have just found it - UK Hip-Hop
|Blue Sky Black Death might not be as grim as their name suggests, but their debut double album has its moments of brooding beauty. Production duo Kingston and Young God fill the first disc with darkly simmering instrumentals, mixing woodwinds and live strings with echoing beats in a manner not dissimilar to that of Blockhead, as "Days Are Years" spins out into a glorious West Coast harmony, while "The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter" weds plangent guitar and weeping violin to shuffling rhythms. A second CD of vocal tracks is more muted and slightly less impressive, although Holocaust's goth-hop contribution is great fun and Guru and Mike Ladd turn in stellar performances. Despite the odd glitch, A Heap of Broken Images is nonetheless a highly impressive calling card. - Rocksound