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Anno Domini Beats – Secret Archives Vol II

March 10, 2010

Naming yourself after the epoch when Jesus Christ was conceived, people may assume a certain spirituality about you. No miracles with Anno Domini Beats’ new LP though, just a divinely produced hip-hop album with plagues of guest appearances.

Normally comprising seven beat makers, for the Secret Archives Vol. II the duo of Anno Domini and 2 Deep take the production reins. The former originally hails from Germany, now residing in London after a short stop to complete a Management course at the University of Nottingham. Still only 24, Anno Domini – nee Adrian Boeckeler – has used his networking skills during trips to New York to round up an impressive roster of MCs.

Most notable among these is legendary Juice Crew rhymer Kool G Rap who appears on Dead Man’s Chest – a lugubrious Shook Ones Pt. II sound-alike. The 90s NY production influences don’t stop there, though. I Keeps It Militant’s snares and menacing overtones transport the listener back nearly fifteen years to Raekwon’s Incarcerated Scarfaces. And as for Listen’s boom bap beats and cuts, they have Premo’s fingerprints all over them. Other highlights include the preposterously hard Revelations featuring Complex and U See Him featuring M.Ski – both laced with chorale samples evoking an imposingly Baroque air.

A couple of annoying twinkly piano and nasal female vocal hooks don’t detract from a nicely themed album that would be best listened to in a ruined cathedral. If dopeness is next to godliness, then Anno Domini Beats should be ordained high priests of hip-hop.

Check them out HERE and HERE.

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