Posts Tagged ‘blue sky black death’

Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death – Stoned & Dethroned

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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Glad to see these guys back together, but also glad they took a break before releasing more material. Their three previous collaborations were very good and very consistent, but their impact on the listener was somewhat diminished because the second and third albums were released in fairly rapid succession. But now a few years have passed since their last one and I’m once again ready to hear more.
 

 

88 ULTRA (Kingston Of BSBD) – Wish For More / Higher Than You Know

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
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Two from Kingston’s upcoming solo Sirens, to be released under the 88 ULTRA moniker. Sounds reminiscent of BSBD’s recent work but a little tighter (both are under 5 mins) and with maybe a bit more edge in some spots. Looking forward to this.
 

 

 

Blue Sky Black Death – Euphoric Tape III

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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Getting the instrumentals from BSBD’s rap productions is nice, but the real money is in the unreleased beats and the instrumental from their remix of JMSN’s ‘Walk Away’ which could easily be a bonus track for the magnum opus that was Glaciers.
 

 

Blue Sky Black Death – Glaciers (Melted)

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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I’ve noticed that many BSBD fans treat these chopped & screwed album versions as minor curios, not much more than bonus addendum meant to promote the originals. I can understand where this POV comes from, but to me these c&s efforts are significant in their own right. They have their own tone, and the mood they create is distinct from the original versions. And sometimes I actually enjoy them more. To this day I maintain that Lean Night Cinema is superior to Late Night Cinema, and my preference between Noir and Noir+Violet flip-flops with every listen.
 
Beyond my own tastes, Ian and Kingston themselves don’t see these chops as novelties either. Both are genuine fans of screwed music, Ian especially, as attested in our recent interview (coming soon.) They were doing it before SUC’s legacy became tumblr-sexy, and elements of it have been creeping into their regular work. One song from Glaciers actually already contains a screwed passage, it’s not hard to spot if you look for it.
 
So give this stuff a proper chance, it might surprise you. And while we’re at it, stop the “I don’t really like screwed music but this is the GOOD kind” nonsense too, it’s idiotically myopic. Glaciers (melted) might not sound much like most DJ Screw’s tapes but it is very much inspired by his work, not some contrary corrective to it.
 

 

Blue Sky Black Death – Glaciers (Album Stream)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
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BSBD graciously allowed me to hear Glaciers early, and after having spent some time with it I’m convinced that it represents a tremendous leap in the evolution of instrumental hip-hop. In terms of song structure, shifting interplay of moods and emotions, the juxtaposition of bombast and serenity, the the way it combines sampling and live perfomances, even the song lengths (actually, especially the song lengths)… Glaciers is by far the most ambitious thing I’ve heard from both the group and the subgenre from which they came, and it takes that subgenre into almost uncharted waters. That is if you want to classify it as instrumental hip-hop at all, which might be an unfairly limiting designation. The group’s origins lie in rap production, but their experiments might be taking them to another place entirely.
 

 
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Blue Sky Black Death – III (feat Lotte Kestner)

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
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Another track from BSBD’s upcoming game-changing opus.
 

 
Via Wired, which revels in the nerdy details involved in the making of the song.