Before Hanni El Khatib ever picked up a guitar and explored rock n' roll, he was making beats in his bedroom on a MPC 2000 & SP-1200. This love affair with hip-hop has been ubiquitous throughout his career including collaborations with the likes of GZA, Aesop Rock & Freddie Gibbs. On Crown, Hanni El Khatib chops up the drums of BADBADNOTGOOD's Alexander Sowinski and teams up with super producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair) to create a futuristic beat for the futuristic flows of Chicago's finest MC's - FRANK LEONE & Monster Mike.
An instant classic! The moment I put this music into my headphones, I knew this was something special. After that, I just had to dig into Pharoah Sanders discogrpahy. Sanders was already a giant of Jazz. But this last release, 18 months before his death can just elevate his reputation even higher. Rest in peace Pharoah! Alex Deschênes
I haven't heard anything as just completely perfectly formed out of the gate--every decision the right one, what to include but more what to exclude--maybe ever. Don't know who Sault is, but they do not sound like they could be anyone who hasn't paid some dues to get this good. Or signed some Satanic contracts. 100% confidence, and it sounds 110% earned. Musicophilia