‘1988’ is the follow up to Knxwledge’s official debut album Hud Dreems (Stones Throw, 2015).
If like us, you couldn’t wait for a fresh dose of Knxledge in your life, you’re in for a treat. 1988 is 22 tracks of audio gold. Gospel, rn’b, hip-hop, beats and more – essential listening!
”A prolific artist in the extreme sense of the word, Knxwledge continues to redefine instrumental hip-hop” – Stones Throw
The first single comes with a stunning video illustrated by McKay Felt and Guodong Zhao, with design credits going to Jeff Jank. This ones a smooth r’n’b beat, Knxledge’s USP, littered with high pitched samples and some delicious beats.
According to Stones Throw, the album’s title relates to the year when he sampled the beats in his early days. The tracks were kept on floppy discs and eventually turned into fresh beats.
In their words:
“This prolific output began early. 1988 takes its name from the fact that much of the new record was created that very year, when Knx was an infant. As the story is told, little baby Knx was left alone by his mother for just a few moments and crawled to a family member’s vintage SP–12 sampler. When his mother returned he had already produced his first beats and nearly mastered the machine. These tracks, all produced before nap time while rocking a Nike diaper, were stored over the years on floppy discs, then brought to his studio in recent months where they were finished up, mixed, and mastered.”
Buy (digital and vinyl), stream or listen to the album here.