James Blake – Overgrown (2013)

James Blake’s first full length was demonstrative of an artist capable of constructing beautiful, delicate melodies; complex, crystalline songs that evoked a general feeling of malaise and melancholy without getting bogged down in specifics. That complexity went hand-in-hand with a tendency for simple – often, overly simple – songwriting: it’s no coincidence that the strongest…

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)

When you go to see a kung fu hip-hop opera (hip-hopera!) directed, written, narrated by and starring the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, you have a clear expectation. You’re not looking for a sophisticated drama; what you’re after is bombastic kung fu battles scored with the best rap around. The Man with the Iron Fists delivers that…