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WEEK STARTING 27 Mar

Genre pick of the week Cover of 1988 by Knxwlege.

Knxwlege

1988

    The new album from Grammy Award-winning beatmaker Knxwledge, a leading contemporary hip hop producer.

    ‘1988’ is the highly anticipated follow-up to Knx’s hugely acclaimed 2015 album ‘Hud Dreems’.

    ‘1988’’s 22 tracks delve into Knx's intricate world of mesmerizing loops and warm, lo-fi textures.

    Available to independent retailers on purple vinyl.

    Knxwledge has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak (as NxWorries), Joey Bada$$, Earl Sweatshirt and more.

    For fans of Madlib, J Dilla, Mndsgn, Flying Lotus, Teebs.

    De La Soul

    The Grind Date

      A 2LP re-issue of the seventh album from the hip-hop pioneers, De La Soul. Originally released in 2004, the album features a top line array of guest spots including Ghostface Killah, Sean Paul, Flava Flav and producer J Dilla (A Tribe Called Quest). Unlike their other albums, The Grind Date doesn’t include any ‘skits’ or interludes, it is considered pure quality with no filler. Pitchfork placed the album at number 31 on the "Top 50 Albums of 2004" list.

      This 2020 re-issue also features four bonus instrumental tracks


      Main Source

      Think / Think Instrumental

      Joint American/Canadian hip-hop group Main Source were late 80s, early 90s hip hop giants, right from the off. The reason? Their debut single, "Think", was an immediate hit: the hard hitting rhymes and crisp boom bap struck a cord and went on to become a hugely sought after 7". Now it gets a proper reissue with the original piano hooks, busy scratching and big horns all sounding fresh as ever, while the instrumental on the flip provides an alternative take. For a slice of OG hip hop goodness, there are few finer tracks.

      Kanye West

      808s & Heartbreak - Reissue

        808s & Heartbreak is the fourth studio album by Kanye West. It was released on 24th November 2008 through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records, re-issued in 2016 for the US, and is now being made available ex-US. Conceived in the wake of several distressing personal events, 808s & Heartbreak marked a major musical departure from West’s previous rap records, instead featuring a sparse, electronic sound and West singing through an Auto-Tune vocal processor. His lyrics explore themes of loss, alienated fame, and heartache, while the album’s production abandons conventional hip hop sounds in favor of a minimalist sonic palette, which includes prominent use of the titular Roland TR-808 drum machine.

        Despite varying responses from listeners, the album received positive reviews from most music critics, who generally commented on West’s experimentation, and was named one of 2008’s best records in several year-end lists. Four singles were released in promotion, including the hit singles “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless”. 808s & Heartbreak has since been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hop, pop, and R&B music. This was due to a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers coming to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content.


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