DJ-produced albums can be tricky. There’s a difference between a coherent studio release of original material and a mixtape. BK-One, Brother Ali’s deejay for years, surely knows this. How else could he have made such a brilliant, carefully-crafted album built off of Brazilian music samples? If you’ve seen Ali in concert, you know that BK-One is a great live deejay. However, most of us probably didn’t know he was capable of something like this. Radio Do Canibal passes some of my favorite album tests - the first time I put it on, it sounded familiar, like an old friend. Test two - just about every track has me go, “I think this is my favorite track,” but then I get to the next song and say the same thing. The album has a connecting theme in its use of Brazillian samples, but it covers a large range of musical styles. There are laid back grooves, funky party jams, and hard hitting political numbers. There are a large number of guest emcees, with everyone from Raekwon to P.O.S., but no one sounds out of place and everything flows together. There’s even a killer instrumental track in the middle of the album with The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble that’s as strong as anything else on the album. Toki Wright drops a killer song about racial identity. Brother Ali kills it on a couple of tracks. Many deejays try to cross over to studio producers and songwriters, but few make that transition well. Even fewer kill it. BK kills it with this one.
|Title:||BK-One - Radio Do Canibal|