Xidus Pain & Blacc Sky - Bliss & Desert Islands
Rap Music From The Soul
The new album from UK rapper Xidus Pain and American counterpart Blacc Sky provides the same kind of chills that Hip-Hop used to when Def Jux were at their peak in the early noughties. Passionate, razor-sharp raps full of coherent, complex metaphors, concepts and messages, avoiding the usual cliches and underpinned by some serious beats... this is everything Hip-Hop should be as far as I'm concerned.
I could list the albums, tracks and rappers I'm reminded of when listening to this, but that would be unfair - the fact is this album and these artists deserve appreciation based on their own merits.
Having said that, fans of Phi-Life Cipher, Mr Lif, Aesop Rock, Anti-Pop Consortium, Wildchild and Stones Throw/Def Jux styles really should get on this one!