|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 pull together a double disc for their debut of mellow instrumental hip hop and the second disc featuring emcees. BSBD's production style is well thought out sampling and mixing of their musical parts to keep things fresh and flowing from track to track. They have expanded the usual musical palette used by underground hip hop and add in lounge, electronica and breakbeat and even a little drum& bass. The second half of disc one delves further and further into cinematic downtempo as each track progresses. Standout tracks that are must haves are "Chloroform" with its great vocal snippet and plucking guitar on top of a great, low BPM groove and "The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter" that has a wonderful string section melody on top of hip hop beats is another slow-burner. Disc 2 picks up the dark beats and brings out the rhymes. The first four tracks rate up there with UK hip hop like Roots Manuva, Herbaliser and Lewis Parker. The tracks then move towards sci-fi hip hop adding electronics and wiggly sound effects. "Street Legends" and "Brain Cells" and "Engage My Words" are my faves because they are a perfect representation of what I love about underground hip hop: head nodding beats, funky grooves and emcees that are able to flow in perfect rhythm with the track. - Properly Chilled