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Black Encyclopedia Of The Air

Moor Mother

Black Encyclopedia Of The Air

Fifth full-length release from the Philadelphia poet, musician and activist Camae Ayewa

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  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Ayewa pulls together a collection of underground hip-hop artists to help create something more digestible without sacrificing an ounce of her boundary-pushing, political, or adventurous spirit
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  2. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Moor Mother has never been haphazard with language, but here her improv-intuition is volcanic
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  3. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    This is a great and important record. Just listen
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    The experimental American artist confronts a menacing imaginative world with a varied cast of guest vocalists
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s factual and unphased – one more tenet to Aweya’s Sun Ra-like vision of uniting the revolution in jazz, poetry, politics and space travel
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Less abrasive but no less urgently meaningful [than 2016's Fetish Bones], a fusion of experimental hip-hop, soul, poetry and jazz-etched beatscapes that ebbs and flows around the concept of an Afrofuturist universe. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's a wilful shuffle through the space-time continuum, where powerful pearls of wisdom about memory, the future and black justice pierce the sonic murk. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    The most experimental tracks arrive at the end of the album, including the abstract drift of the YATTA-assisted "Tarot" and the bracing "Zami," a throbbing, claustrophobic nightmare which nevertheless has a bit more breathing room than some of Moor Mother's earlier work
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  9. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    Though the Philadelphia experimental poet and sound artist has called this her most “accessible” album, her aims remain as radical as ever
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  10. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    By presenting a platform for black and queer collaborators in her latest record, Philly-based noisemaker and activist Moor Mother creates an Afrotopian soundscape
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