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VOL № E86 — February 2020


The Roots
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After three years reeling from a new visibility, The Roots resurfaced on the other side of the new millennium by making the deliberate choice to move forward. Phrenology, a flip of the discredited racialized pseudoscience, surges to life through a retracing of the lineage of Black music. The album revels in reinvention, leaving traces of Soulquarian magic while blatantly swerving the neo-soul box that brought them success. 

On its face, it’s frantic, indulgent, and the signature raucous Roots energy; beneath, it’s an extended meditation on what happens to hip-hop post-commodification, supported by a ceaseless barrage of beats and rhymes. The social tensions loop in the background, Black Thought aims in every direction, and The Roots crew lean into their pop/crossove...

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Release Type
2 lp
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Marbled Brown
Chipboard with gold foil; Widespine
Pressing Location
GZ Vinyl
Remastering Details
Lacquers cut by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound
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