A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2018
1 Time Mirage
“While Ishmael Butler (Shabazz Palaces/Digable Planets) has little to prove, he continues to break new creative ground on this Knife Knights project with Erik Blood.” So says UK music magazine Loud & Quiet, who suggests this project channels “insomniac energy, oddly tranquil and unsettled at the same time… a chilling, paranoiac afterglow from this oddly brilliant LP.” Treblezine finds the whole project confounding to describe: “Profoundly difficult” they say. “The album aims to break stylistic walls against a relentless lo-fi sensibility that’s unsellable as pop.”
Here’s another take:
In their annual year-end critics’ poll, The Seattle Times ranked 1 Time Mirage as one of the very best Seattle albums of 2018, saying:
There was plenty of excitement when this project from two of Seattle’s most fearless innovators with proven chemistry was officially announced this summer, and the Sub Pop-issued collaboration between hip-hop mad scientist Ishmael Butler and producer extraordinaire Erik Blood did not disappoint. We have reason to believe that “1 Time Mirage” was delivered from a future Seattle rap fortress on Mars, from which the duo and other freethinking artists in their orbit — OCnotes and Marquetta Miller to name a few — disseminate their off-kilter strain of funky to the farthest corners of the galaxy.
Similarly, The Stranger selected 1 Time Mirage as one of the “Top 10 Albums of 2018,” saying that:
Innovative Shabazz Palaces producers—and Stranger Geniuses—Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood branch off from the mothership and indulge in some extracurricular activities that include hip-hop, sure, but also neo-R&B, dream-pop, and abstract-electronic curveballs. Knife Knights’ 1 Time Mirage is a baffling fusion of live-band telepathy and laptop sorcery, with male and female vocals and rapping infiltrating the sonic tapestry with low-key eeriness. It’s one of those albums that take at least a half dozen listens to click, but when it does, it’ll resonate profoundly and for a long time.