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Cappablack Faades and Skeletons

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: ~scape
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

From the moment the pounding drums and scratched vocal samples kick in on the intro to Cappablack's new album, it's obvious that these Japanese instrumentalists rep a new hip-hop paradigm. Throughout Faades and Skeletons, members Illeven and Hashim B don't lose sight of the rhythm, especially when providing featured MCs Awol One and Japan's Emirp with dark, speaker-shaking productions. While not quite as head-nod-inducing as these collabs, the duo's more daring work is done alone, as on the dancehall/glitch mash-up "Evil Clap" or the tribal anti-war beat of "5th Dimension."

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