|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
|It seems odd that the first full length release by a hip-hop/electro production team would be a double album. This album, A Heap of Broken Images, comes twenty plus tracks deep. Not bad for a few young upstarts on an independent label. Of course the old adage of quality and quantity could apply. But looking at the guest mc’s on disc number two (Pep Love, Guru, Rob Sonic, Mike Ladd, Mikah-9 and AWOL One) it should be safe to assume that there are a few inventive and entertaining beats present on this first effort release. The theme of the album though, on the instrumental disc as well as disc two, is paranoia. Some intangible quality springs forth from the music that makes the listener tense and almost uneasy. Regardless of that, you’ll most likely want to continue listening. The one criticism that could be given credence is the over reliance on the guitar sample. Fans of Saul Williams will no doubt delight, and while one could make the argument that Kingston and Young God have simply cultivated this particular style based around the sound of this instrument. The tracks on the instrumental disc range more in style, moving from suburbanite hip-hop to something close to electro dance music. Guru makes an appearance on disc two and while it isn’t his strongest verse, the fact that he gave his time to these two producers speaks to the quality of this release. Disc two though does ultimately sound basic when contrasted with the instrumental disc, but quality none the less. Blue Sky, Black Death and Mush Records fit perfectly together, mashing up sounds and spitting them back out in some distorted but fascinating reconstruction. - Cobwebs & Strange