Instrumental albums are somewhat of a niche area, though for those who decide to take the plunge, the exploration is often highly rewarding. Especially when an artist as practiced and confident as Knxwledge takes the reins, as he has on his brand new body of work 10,000 Proof. While there are vocal contributions littered throughout, seen through samples and original verses from Vodka, for the most part Knxwledge is comfortable in letting his production steer the tale to his liking.
Soundwise, 10,000 Proof is a healthy hybrid between low-fi and lush production, often relaxing but never lazy, contemplative servings of golden-era inspired music. Instrumentals like "Yourwelkome" pair gentle pianos with stop and start production, while standout "Dangerous" blends bass, harp, and melancholic synth wails to create a spooky yet strangely inviting soundscape. There's plenty to unpack here, and for those who appreciate losing themself in a producer's vision, Knwxledge's 10,000 Proof is a journey most certainly worth taking. Check it out for yourself now, officially released through Stone's Throw Records.
For those that have listened, what are your standout tracks?