I absolutely love beautiful down tempo hip hop. I discovered Frameworks‘ recent album, Tides, this morning and I have to share it. This album is a masterwork. Tides is 10 tracks of breathtakingly beautiful music. It’s quite literally awe-inspiring. With heavy use of violins, Tides is reminiscent of Emancipator. It’s electronic down tempo side brings to mind another one of my favorites Bocuma. However, Frameworks isn’t simply similar to these artists. Frameworks is in a league of his own.
I was intrigued by the first track on Tides, but the second track ‘Old Friend’ hooked me. ‘Old Friend’ features incredible vocal work by JP Cooper and a strong folk influence making it a track that stands out among an already outstanding release. Rioghnach Connolly also lends some top notch vocal performance to a couple track on the release. It’s the addition of fully vocal led songs, not sampled vocals but lyrics written for this release, and adding outside of the box influences to the down tempo hip hop style that makes Tides unique. Every track is extremely well written and composed. This whole album is expertly constructed.
I write about music on the regular, and I am at a loss of words to express how amazing this album is. The best I can do is attempt to describe the feeling I get when I listen. It’s like witnessing the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. It’s breathing in the fresh air in the morning while standing on the porch of an isolated cabin in the forest. It’s an uplifting euphoria that fills my entire body and soul. Framework‘s follows in the footsteps of greats before him, yet his style is totally refreshing and something new. I can’t wait to hear more from Frameworks. Tides is without question a must listen.
I didn’t mean for this post to become a review when I started writing it, but since I clearly can’t stop singing praises for Tides, I’m gonna break the rules we have here at All The Machines, and give this “Must Listen” release a five-star rating. Only Tipper has previously achieved a five star rated review on ATM, and it’s not something we give out lightly. This is some of the best new music I have ever heard. Period.