|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 has hit upon the winning formula to guarantee the utmost exposure for his down-tempo and hip-hop instrumentals. With this double CD release, Blue Sky Black Death devotes the first disc to fluid, evolving instrumentals that evoke an atmosphere of dark beauty, often adding a layer of soulful, sampled singing to the mix. Unfortunately, instrumental hip-hop is a hard sell unless you happen to be DJ Shadow, so Blue Sky Black Death wisely includes a second disc of vocal tracks featuring a varied mix of styles. Rob Sonic and Mike Ladd stand-out on “Long Division” with their next level raps and one of the more interesting beats, as does Virtuoso, who drops battle punch lines punctuated with a victory anthem beat on “Brain Cells.” - Exclaim!