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cd review: krazy baldhead: the b-suite
21 September, 2009, 12:09 PM
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Reviewed on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 by Areti Sakellaris
Published at URB.com
4.5 Stars
Full-length albums built in classically formatted “movements” isn’t the sort of sprocket one expects coming out of the Ed Banger electro factory. Yet carried out gracefully over a soundscape of staccato beats and synth jaunts, Krazy Baldhead’s passionate movements on The B-Suite demonstrate his artistry and ability to surpass industry fads. The French-born DJ Pierre-Antoine Grison adeptly draws on old school funk and b-boy mainstays, blending them with robotic rhythms and futuristic bleeps in a manner distinguishable from that of other Ed Banger label mates. When he is exploring his own lush sounds, Grison is at his best; when the guest MCs lay down their vocals, it’s like icing on an already decadent cake.

Garnished with fresh beatboxing, “Time” boasts guest MC Tes rapping as if it were the early days of electro. “Katana Powa” is a mystical and thumping spotlight on Big-O and Mlle Yulia as they battle it out. “Sweet Night” brims with claps and the weightless vocals of Outlines contort the sound palette into a grandiose marvel and remix favorite. Syncopated outro “The End” features Beat Assaillant with his driving vocals challenging the beat and the track culminates in serenity.

While The B-Suite’s organizational structure may be unusual for most listeners, employing the movement as a unit allows Grison to compact, expand, and intertwine the component parts through a more orchestral lens. This eclectic album clamors full-throttle from the various guest vocals to polyrhythmic layers for a notable electro funk debut. It also shows the possibility for Ed Banger to survive the inevitable fad-crash headed it’s way.

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