Blu & Exile’s 2007 collaboration album Below the Heavens undoubtedly earns the title of a modern hip hop classic, it’s soulful sound and cohesive vibe between MC and producer encouraging both fans and critics to liken the duo to Guru and Premier in style and the likes of The Pharcyde in sound. So(ul) Amazing in particular is one of the first songs to be heard loud from an open window as soon as the sun pokes it’s head out of the clouds around these parts, but the seventeen track album’s a masterpiece in it’s blending of the up and down beat, jokey and serious. However, also both harbouring intense solo careers, Blu’s stubbornly, at times heroically independent career spanning nine albums without even considering instrumental projects and mixtapes. His classy Californian tone is the link between his casual wit, incisive observations and occasional gritty swagger, a street raised gentleman persona that’s earned him fans worldwide. Descriptions don’t suffice to say just how much we’re looking forward to the duo coming to King Cross’s Scala this Friday (18th April).
In support, Exile once again operates the wheels alongside Johaz as they form Dirty Science label signing Dag Savage, their first UK show off the back of their recent 16 tracker E & J. Mello Music Group label mates Quelle Chris & Denmark Vassey finish things off while a local UK producer we’re tipping for great things, Sam Zircon finishes things off. Not to be missed! Grab tickets from The Doctors Orders website.