Klaus Layer Ft. The Artifacts & Blu – Force (Stream)
Berlin’s boom bap specialist returns with an all-new album designed to shake up global soundwaves. Following up his experimental instrumental concept-album, “Society Collapse” and his “Abstractions” EP with rapper K.A.A.N. (Aftermath Entertainment), Klaus Layer’s latest effort is his sixth album on Redef, but his first solo project to feature all vocals over his acclaimed productions.
Entitled Lost Track, Klaus assembled an international team of top notch MCs to grace his legendary sounds. Amazingly, the album features the Artifacts, Hex One, Simple One and most prominently Blu (Blu & Exile) on no less than four of the albums nine tracks. Musically it wouldn’t be complete without scratches so long time collaborators Educut & Mr Nylson showed up to lace the producer previously known as Captain Crook with razor sharp cuts. Since his 2013 debut, he’s built a strong reputation and loyal fanbase by doing one thing over and over: releasing great records. Lost Track is a pure rap album, and while it may be slightly less experimental than Klaus’ recent output, it has a sound unlike anyone else in the genre and is deserving of any accolades headed its way. Rumor has it that KL has already completed another album ready to drop later his year. There’s no doubt that Klaus is a true original with a passion for his craft that ensures that his supporters will always have something unique to explore. Conceptually, his latest record is a bit of a hybrid as it contains a mix of previously released loosies alongside new joints that are just now being unveiled to the delight his core following.
The album title refers to the rarity of this particular material and a nod to the bespoke graff burner (“Crook”) which graces the album cover. Mastered by Klaus’s good friend Figub Brazlevič, a successful German producer in his own right, Lost Track will sonically appeal to beat fiends yearning for the raw samples and smacking drums as well as pure rap fans who wanna hear more than mumbles. It’s safe to say that the album doesn’t fall short of any of his previous work so make it a point to add this to your collection before the end of the line. Limited color vinyl version exclusive to Redef and HHV.