|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
|Ah, the elusive double disc debut album. It's by no means an arbitrary gamble on behalf of San Francisco producers Kingston and Young God. Disc one is a mood piece of instrumental hip-hop, consisting of philosophically doomy samples, light electronic touches, reflective beats, Young God's own guitar, bass, and piano, and the odd recorded violin and cello. That alone makes A Heap Of Broken Images the most impressive hip-hop introduction since Blockhead's Music By Cavelight. Then there's the second disc, which sees the Bay area duo crafting their sullen beats with emcees like Guru (Gang Starr), Jus Allah, Rob Sonic, Lil' Sci, and The Holocaust (Wu-Tang) in mind. In one neat little package, Blue Sky, Black Death's beats prove both interesting when complementing the vocals and as the center of attention. It's another sure bet for the dependable, influential Mush label. - Tiny Mix Tapes