Beware a knife fight with the Knife Knights. Because they roll deep. Led by cosmic rapper Ishmael Butler (Shabazz Palaces/Digable Planets) and eccentric Seattle producer Erik Blood, the crew also boasts fellow Sub Pop artists Porter Ray, Stas THEE Boss (Theesatisfaction) and Tendai “Baba” Maraire (Shabazz Palaces). Yet it’s their 11 tunes that cut the deepest with their spellbinding fusion of rap, blessed funk and tough soul. The deliriously blunted strut of ‘Drag Race Legend’ barely keeps its wheels, while ‘Can’t Draw the Line’ brazenly sleepwalks into Chicago House territory. The duo put two fingers up and create something both fearless and special with the most unlikely of ingredients. Repeated listens bring out the clever details – but the first spin will guarantee wild eyes.
Photo by Justin Henning.