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Mourning [A] BLKstar


  1. 1.
    Hold Me
  2. 2.
    Anti Anthem
  3. 3.
    Anti Anthem Remix
  4. 4.
    Harlem River Drive OG
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We are a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora.
Founded by RA Washington
James Longs - vocals
Kyle Kidd - vocals
LaToya Kent - vocals
Dante Foley - drums
Peter Saudek - guitar
Theresa May - trumpet
William Washington - trombone
"Cleveland Soul/funk/hip hop collective Mourning [A] BLKstar threw a baleful light on 2018 with their The Garner Poems set. It sounded rushed in the best way —a rapid response to the ever worsening racial and political situation under Trump— and was one of the years sharpest most engrossing albums. This follow-up feels more planned and finessed, having had more time to stew in its own dread and despair. It is, impossibly, even better than Garner and one of the finest albums of 2019 thus far, from a band whose importance is fast becoming evident.
The multi-generation, multi-gender nature of the crew helps —it means they never quite settle on a genre, instead fusing what they know to create something both they and we can remain gratifyingly unsure about, whether it’s the rippling avant funk of “Anti-Anthem” or the lo-fi slo-mo doomed gospel of “At The Wall.” Even when you can distinctly hear the reinvocation of conscious-minded soul and funk (“Gang Desire” and “Hold Me”) it’s problematized by the sheer impossibility of disentangling the music’s making— Is this live? Looped? Who knows?...."
-Neil Kulkarni w/Wire Magazine


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