A film about Northwest hip-hop from 2016
It’s all about the drums on Lucid, a new release from Kazadi. As he says in the first track, he’s got them on cruise control: simple, stripped-down, repetitive, hypnotic… but here and there, the tiniest changes speak volumes. The way the beats come apart in “Falling” or in “The Tale of 4 Women” when you’ll find yourself transfixed, like a deer in headlights as the beats move in directions you never thought possible and while guitars crash down all around, and then the clouds part and it’s just you and some peaceful blippy bloops. Kazadi moved here from South Dakota to be part of the Seattle hip-hop scene, and his sound is a very welcome addition to the local mosaic.