NEW MUSIC | CoN&KwAkE ‘Eyes in the Tower’

The long awaited col­lab­or­a­tion album between philo­soph­ic­al lyr­i­cist Con­fucius MC and vis­ion­ary musi­cian Kwake Bass is here in the form of CoN&KwAkE — ‘Eyes in the Tower’. Two vet­er­ans of Lon­don’s Hip Hop scene who have moul­ded it and tran­scen­ded and through their scope, out­put and col­lab­or­a­tions have been work­ing togeth­er for years, piecing togeth­er this album released on Shabaka Hutchins’ Nat­ive Rebel Record­ings.

Both com­pletely in line with what each is known for and push­ing the bound­ar­ies of these, the album is soul­ful, heart­felt, engross­ing and pens­ive. Con­fucius’ calm, meas­ured tone and insight­ful mus­ings sit beau­ti­fully with­in Kwake’s absorb­ing sound­scapes that fuse his multi-genre skill­set with the input of vir­tu­oso instru­ment­al­ists from the Nat­ive Rebel roster that co-wrote.

The album flows smoothly, hold­ing the atten­tion and pro­vok­ing thought. The sequence in the centre really stands out for me — mov­ing from the emotive single ‘C.N.S. (City Nev­er Sleeps)’ to ‘Men­tal Note’, where Con describes his over­stand­ing of pan­op­ti­cism, to the dark­er, par­able laden ‘Mar­tin’. This sequence holds the ends of the album togeth­er, set­ting off the syn­apses and had me locked in, zon­ing into the vibe while con­tem­plat­ing the con­cepts. The final two tracks ‘Look­ing For What’ and ‘One in Three’ also hit hard, but I recom­mend block­ing out 40 minutes, kick­ing back and sink­ing into the album to fully appre­ci­ate it.

‘Eyes in the Tower’ is out now on all major plat­form — check the CoN&KwAkE web­site for link and get into the visu­als below

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Apex Zero

Apex Zero

An emcee, beat­maker, film­maker and writer from Lon­don with Gren­adian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learn­ing and liv­ing Hip Hop cul­ture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and reg­u­larly tour­ing the globe, Apex is well trav­elled, and uses the les­sons this provides to inform his art and out­look. He is a mem­ber of the Glob­al­Fac­tion digit­al pro­duc­tion house and the inter­na­tion­al Hip Hop col­lect­ive End of the Weak.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
An emcee, beatmaker, filmmaker and writer from London with Grenadian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learning and living Hip Hop culture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and regularly touring the globe, Apex is well travelled, and uses the lessons this provides to inform his art and outlook. He is a member of the GlobalFaction digital production house and the international Hip Hop collective End of the Weak.