Transfigurations III, Celebrating 15 Years of Harvest Records PRESENTS: DANNY BROWN
August 23, 2019
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ADVANCED Public Onsale: June 28, 2019 12:00 PM to August 23, 2019 12:00 AM
"It's the downward spiral, got me suicidal/ But too scared to do it so these pills will be the rifle." That's how Detroit rap phenom Danny Brown kicked off the second verse of the title track to his breakout 2011 mixtape XXX, and his astounding new album and Warp debut Atrocity Exhibition picks up right where that record left off.
A thematic sequel to XXX's hairline-trigger hedonism and despair, Atrocity Exhibition finds Brown ruminating on life after greater success-how things changed, how they haven't, and how the potential of the future is often irreconcilable with the realities of the present. "I couldn't tell the story of what happened after XXX because I was living," Brown explains. "I had to live life to write about it."
Brown began work on Atrocity Exhibition in the summer of 2014, linking up with producer and frequent collaborator Paul White on the bulk of the album's cuts. "Me and him are the same way," Brown enthuses on the pair's partnership. "He's out there, and I'm out there too. We just want to make music...You never heard nobody rapping over this type of production before. This is not regular rap."
Indeed: Atrocity Exhibition is one of the freshest and boldest-sounding rap albums in recent memory, a sonic swirl inspired by the work of Talking Heads and Joy Division that nonetheless sounds like nothing else from the past or present. Along with contributions from producers like Evian Christ, Petite Noir (who also lends vocals to the world-weary clang of "Rolling Stone"), Black Milk and the Alchemist, White and Brown are absolutely in the pocket on Atrocity Exhibition. The pair fashion laser-beam guitars, gym-teacher whistles, creaking vocal samples, and air-raid drones into the most intriguing take on hallucinatory rap since the heady heights of Cold Vein or Madvillainy.
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