Stones Throw has long been in the habit of signing the most talented beatmakers of the day, and their current roster is no exception. LA based producer Knxwledge is the label's new golden child and it's not difficult to see why. Having produced tracks for the likes of Blu and Kendrick Lamaar and having a vast collection of incredible solo beat projects, he has become established as one of the finest producers in the game.
Enter Anderson. Paak, who sees no contradiction between quantity and quality. His omnipresence this year is only made more incredible by the sheer excellence of his work. To say his features have been ubiquitous is an understatement, yet despite this he has managed to complete his own studio album 'Malibu'. If that wasn't enough, he has now teamed up with Knxwledge to bring us their first collaborative album 'Yes Lawd!'
The album is the perfect blend of hip hop and modern neo-soul. Knwxledge's beats combine rugged chops with smooth soulful instrumentation to provide us Stones Throw regulars with exactly what we're looking for. Then when Anderson. Paak comes in with that distinctive flavour on the vocal, you're really left not wanting for anything. The project oozes swagger from start to finish. While both artists have mastered their individual styles, this perfect marriage between them takes their sound onto another plain.
Stones Throw have always managed to combine artists at the perfect moment. I probably don't have to mention Madvillain and Jaylib to make that point but heck, why not! This album sees the beginning of a new era for the label, and long may it last. We've had the album on full blast since it arrived in earlier this week, and I don't plan on turning it off any time soon...