Knxwledge - stilluhme
The best Knxwledge beats are permanently suspended in time and space. His back catalog fully shows off his proficiency as a producer: r&b, soul, and jazz wooze like Madlib on acid with waves of sounds crashing into each other, often side-chained to keep the song from just floating out of the listener's grasp. His imagination allows him to effortlessly collage a wide range of samples into new sounds - which is what makes “stilluhme”, a deep cut off his 2015 album Hud Dreems, a unique stand out.
It’s classic Dilla, a la “U-Love” - a beautifully simple (by Knxwledge’s standards) soul and dusty drum loop repeating itself over the span of a minute and a half. It’s punctuated by pockets of silence to emphasize the groove, and delayed ad libs of “yeah” float in and out like the worlds most relaxed hype man. The classic “hold-out-one-or-two-notes-on-strings” sound that has defined many of Dilla’s classics tears out your heart. On an album that is defined by Knxwledge’s ability to control chaos, “stilluhme” is a welcome moment of serenity, the ultimate homage to the elements and influencers that have defined his work.