March 27th – Stones Throw

Prolific LA-based producer Knxwledge continues to display his generosity with the arrival of 1988. With over 100 other consistent releases on Bandcamp, this album marks his second official record, following on from his 2015 debut Hud Dreems. Given his vast discography, we can assume these are the tracks he really wants us to hear.

Starting with ‘dont be afraid’ Knxwledge lures us in with a sample from Kut Klose’s ’95 RnB cut ’Surrender’. Immediately we’re gently swept into a soulful, hip-hop laced, lo-fi funk bubble that could only come from the West Coast.

Unlike the usual producer album blueprint, Knxwledge punctuates the track-list with short, humorous soundbites from guests such as Ebro. We’re reminded of his NxWorries collaborator, Anderson .Paak with his unmistakable voice on ‘itkanbe[sonice]’, but aside from a few other looped samples, 1988 is predominantly a beat project, perfect for lazy days and aspiring producers.

Buy: Knxwledge – 1988

Photo credit: Jack McKain