New Year, NxWorries

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 11, 2016 06:58pm | Post a Comment

NxWorriesBy doubleay

Together, Anderson Paak and Knxwledge are NxWorries. Singer Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge deliver one of Stones Throw Records’s final releases to close out 2015 and it may be what we’ve been waiting for all year. Their EP Link Up & Suede is a must hear.

Anderson Paak and Knwxledge are artists that ought to be on your radar in 2016. Both had big years in 2015; Anderson Paak, a soul singer out of Oxnard, California, was featured on four of the 16 tracks on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, and Stones Throw producer Knwxledge landed production on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Individually, both artists are pounding out music; Paak is constantly giving us new content on his SoundCloud while Knxwledge has released over 60 projects on his Bandcamp in the past five years. All of their material has been noteworthy, but the two of them coming together for Link Up & Suede has to be some of their best work yet.

Check out the official video for "Suede."

The EP is fast-paced, soulful, and packs a punch. Paak runs through Knxwledge’s beats, rapidly flowing Knxwledge, Hud Dreamsbut never flawed or abrasive. Knxwledge is brilliant when it comes to chopping up oldies and soul classics, and perfectly layering them with complex drum lines. His 2015 album Hud Dreems is 26 tracks that pan a dreamscape of instrumentals you’ll want to hear again immediately after your first listen. His production on Link Up & Suede is on point as ever, but the groove Paak brings to the beats is incomparable. With just enough old school influence and a hip, contemporary approach, NoWxrries hits it out the park with their first EP.

In addition, Anderson Paak has a new album titled Malibu due out on January 15th and Knxwledge has a 2-LP set of ongoing bootleg remixes titled the Wraptaypes to be released on January 29th. While looking forward to grooving in the new year to more NxWorries releases, do yourself a favor and check out Link Up & Suede now.

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