Knife Knights, Lando Chill, Tron & DVD

Fri May 10 2019

7:30 PM (Doors 6:30 PM)

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211


All Ages

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Knife Knights, Lando Chill, Tron & DVD

  • Knife Knights

    Knife Knights


    Knife Knights were born of the love of mystery.

    A decade ago, Ishmael Butler—the architect of the groundbreaking but long-disbanded hip-hop

    group Digable Planets—was preparing at last to emerge from years of near-complete silence.

    He unveiled his new outlet, Shabazz Palaces, in the summer of 2009 through a pair of selfreleased

    EPs, surrounding his hyperlinked verses with webs of psychedelic textures and

    refracted rhythms. From the start, confidentiality seemed essential: Butler wanted Shabazz

    Palaces to stand on its own strength, not his outsized reputation, so he adopted a nom de

    plume for himself.

    As the project’s network expanded, though, he needed new monikers for his partnerships. Knife

    Knights is the name he gave to his work with Seattle engineer, producer, songwriter, and film

    composer Erik Blood, a vital force in the Shabazz Palaces universe. Now, after more than a

    decade of collaboration and the development into of a rich friendship, Butler and Blood have

    made a proper full-length record together as Knife Knights: 1 Time Mirage, an eleven-track

    odyssey that finds the pair and a cast of their friends weaving together a singular world of soul

    and shoegaze, hip-hop and lush noise, bass and bedlam. 1 Time Mirage represents a

    playground for Butler and Blood, a free space for unfettered exploration, and a radically

    adventurous start to something much more than a mere production duo or side project.

    Butler and Blood met in 2003 at a Spiritualized show in Seattle, introduced by a mutual friend

    who was soon set to record Butler in his studio. A Digable Planets zealot, Blood was floored,

    passing a bootleg copy of Blowout Comb to his friend for an autograph (which Butler dutifully

    provided). For the next few years, they’d run into one another by chance and sometimes make

    small talk about working together. When Butler finally sent him a few tunes to mix, the kinship

    seemed obvious and immediate. Though Butler had grown up as a hip-hop student, he’d started

    absorbing shoegaze rock and ambient soundscapes, too. Blood, meanwhile, was an ardent hiphop

    fan who had always been an inclusive listener. On every Shabazz Palaces album, Butler

    and Blood have delighted at that artistic intersection, constantly indoctrinating hip-hop in new

    worlds of sound. “He takes my ideas and clarifies and pronounces them, helps me realize

    them,” explains Butler. “He helps me get to the essence.”

    Recorded in three fertile sessions interrupted by Shabazz Palaces tours and Blood’s recording

    projects, 1 Time Mirage is a profound fulfilment of that partnership, realized at the crossroads of

    Butler’s and Blood’s mutual enthusiasms. Their shared interests have been split into pieces and

    fused together with enviable imagination. Take “Give You Game,” where Butler and Blood

    weave their distant voices through a landscape of synthesizers and drums that bubble up

    sporadically, like geysers. Marquetta Miller and THEESatisfaction’s Stasia Irons soon join, their

    round tones lacing around those sounds and giving them shape. It is an abstract anthem to

    astral love.

    “Low Key” suggests a radiant daydream, with kaleidoscopic synthesizers and faded harmonies

    pirouetting over puzzle pieces of dizzying percussion and understated funk. “Can’t Draw the

    Line” rushes headlong like some narcotized disco fantasy, with its four planted firmly on the floor

    but Butler’s breathy voice and an armada of synthesizers stretching skyward. They splice doowop

    harmonies to scattered dub rhythms during “Light Up Ahead (Time Mirage),” hard-edged

    verses to industrial din during “ Mr. President.” Colossal drums puncture walls of labyrinthine

    noise sculpted from deranged synthesizers and mutated guitars during “Seven Wheel Motion,”

    an absolute powerhouse. Butler seems to rap in dialogue with himself, detailing a threatening

    streetscape and shaping the experience into personal realizations. “Smooth landings, queens in

    tandems, cash in grand sums,” he declares at one point. “Life is random/I roll the dice and bet

    on me.”

    In the decade since Butler launched Shabazz Palaces and first christened his partnership with

    Blood as Knife Knights, much of that project’s external mystery has, of course, fallen away. And

    1 Time Mirage is a very public step forward for the pair. That early sense of secrecy has given

    way to a spirit of friendship and creative candor, to the doors of experimentation being thrown

    open by old pals thrilled by the prospect of testing new ideas.

    Still, these eleven songs retain a core of intrigue and, indeed, mystery; each listen reveals yet

    another connection between infinite and interlocking pieces. To wit, Robert Beatty’s brilliant

    cover for 1 Time Mirage depicts a futuristic vehicle, being coolly steered with one hand into

    some great, mildly ominous unknown. That’s how these songs feel, too—confident conquests of

    the dark that unlock sounds and spaces you have yet to imagine.

  • Lando Chill

    Lando Chill


  • Tron & DVD

    Tron & DVD


    Tron! And DVD (also known as Super Rap Duo Awesome Force) are two of the hardest working, and most diverse sounding brothers (in the literal sense) in the hip-hop scene. Straight out of the burbs of NY, Tron! & DVD can go from lyrical, to party mode, to emotional tunes in the blink of an eye. 

    They are the only unsigned Hip-Hop artists to play The 2011 Bamboozle Festival & 2011 Vans Warped Tour. They have opened for Grieves, Budo, K. Flay, OnCue, Down With Webster, The Dean's List, Ghostface, Saigon, Sheek Louch, Spose, Matt Toka, Moosh & Twist, Huey Mack, Ground Up, Hawthorne Heights, I See Stars, etc.

    They have done shows at Webster Hall, Santos Party House, The Bitter End, The Knitting Factory, Glasslands, among other popular venues in the NYC scene.

    They make their own videos, book their own shows, make their own beats, record and mix their own tracks, drink their own brews, and make their own sandwiches. seriously, what else do you need?

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Knife Knights, Lando Chill, Tron & DVD

Fri May 10 2019 7:30 PM

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