10 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hip-hop, IDM, and jazz collide on this combustible collaboration between the Los Angeles beatmaker Daedelus and the shape-shifting combo Kneebody, for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Both playing and programming are fierce: "Drum Battle" floats wild horns over rolling 5/4 beats, and "Loops" flirts with all-out modal meltdown over rattling, triple-time drums. But they know when to ease off the throttle, too: "They Are We" and "Not Love" are airy ambient ballads, and "Thought Not" slips into a contemplative groove as heady as rockers like "The Hole" are physical.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hip-hop, IDM, and jazz collide on this combustible collaboration between the Los Angeles beatmaker Daedelus and the shape-shifting combo Kneebody, for Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Both playing and programming are fierce: "Drum Battle" floats wild horns over rolling 5/4 beats, and "Loops" flirts with all-out modal meltdown over rattling, triple-time drums. But they know when to ease off the throttle, too: "They Are We" and "Not Love" are airy ambient ballads, and "Thought Not" slips into a contemplative groove as heady as rockers like "The Hole" are physical.

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3:33
7:01
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5:59

About Kneebody

Experimental instrumental ensemble Kneebody make jazz-, funk-, rock-, and electronic-influenced music. Featured in the band are keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist/guitarist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and drummer Nate Wood. Although Benjamin, Endsley, Rastegar, and Wendel attended Eastman School of Music together in the '90s, it wasn't until after they graduated and all relocated to Los Angeles that Kneebody were formed. They released their debut self-titled album on trumpeter Dave Douglas' Greenleaf label in 2005. Two years later, they returned with Low Electrical Worker. Kneebody then collaborated with vocalist Theo Bleckmann for the 2009 album Twelve Songs by Charles Ives. They delivered their fourth studio album, The Line, on Concord in 2013. Two years later they teamed with left-field hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus for the collaborative LP Kneedelus, a Brainfeeder release. In 2017, they returned with their ninth studio album, Anti-Hero. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Santa Monica, CA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    2001

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