Oh Stones Throw you rarely disappoint. On a warm and sunny autumnal afternoon there's nothing like a slice of West Coast hip hop floating out the window. This second release from Pyramid Vrita following his debut 'Indra' is a concept album in which each track puts him in a different room in his "palace". Concept or not, the music is throughly enjoyable soulful hip hop with the usual Dilla influences everywhere.
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- Palace by Pyramid Vritra
8/10 Andrew Customer review, 10th September 2014
This is good, to be honest I was a little dubious, don't ask me why because there is no reason other than Pyramid Vritra sounds a bit like Baron Zen (in my mind) who were in my opinion the worst act on Stones Throw. So, ok, the music. Well I stand thoroughly corrected. This is stream of consciousness rap over simultaneously dense, but still fresh, funky zippy production. I'm not entirely sure what is being said most of the time, but I'm equally sure that it doesn't really matter, its about the feeling. Its woozy, psychedelic but still has a lightness that makes this appealing. The juxtaposition of the female vocals running alongside the male rap track is a little disorientating, but draws you into the music rather than feeling like a clash. It's as if they are sirens luring you in to crash on the rocks, only to find that the shore isn't a jagged mass of lost souls and boulders but a dappled palm fringed beach under hazy sunshine with mind bending cocktails on tap. Which would be a good thing.
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