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Krazy Baldhead The B-Suite

Carrying slightly more brain cargo than his labelmates, Krazy Baldhead (né Pierre-Antoine Grison) subscribes to Ed Banger’s trademark ogre-stomp rhythms but underwrites the energy with fascinating sample tweaks and clean, bright folderol. As titles go, The B-Suite isn’t misleading as it nods to Mr. Baldhead’s formal training in jazz and the cultural gamut running between b-boys and b-movies. Though the dominant influence on Grison’s production style is hip-hop, the album falters when it sacrifices its fidgetiness to make room for MCs. Considering the fate that’s befallen some of his peers, it’s surprising that the only bona fide disaster here is the tweeker funk of “3rd Movement Part 3 (Sweet Night).”

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