Michael Endelman
April 02, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Music by Cavelight

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Blockhead
Producers
Ninja Tune

We gave it a B+

Mellow instrumental hip-hop has become as common (and just as played out) as Carrie Bradshaw wannabes in Manhattan bars. On his debut disc, however, New York producer Blockhead injects enough emotional expression into the dusky downtempo tracks to separate himself from the knob-twiddling pack. Best moment: The helium-voiced sample of ”Triptych Pt. 1” turns the jazz standard ”There Is No Greater Love” into a brooding beatdown.

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