Zilla Rocca and the Shadow Boxers can do no wrong at this point. Their latest release No Vacation For Murder is nothing short of cinematic epicness (yeah I said it). The off kilter emcee brings a handful of features on this 12 track audio trip, names like Roc Marciano, Has-Lo, Open Mike Eagle, Camp Lo‘s Geechie Suede etc. The backdrop is edgy and surreal, coloured by an enthralling retro vibe.
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The soundtrack to this hardboiled “Noir-Hop” universe is largely handled by Blurry Drones. Responsible for producing the first Shadowboxers album in its entirety, his musical choices are decidedly more sinister, lo-fi, and rock-oriented this go-round. Producer Floodwatch hops into the fray with the impulsive “Hot Head Freddy” and the airy internalized“Stainless Wisdom.”ST/MiC tackles the vulnerable long goodbye of “Wishing You Asleep”. Fellow Wrecking Crew member and frequent collaborator Has-Lo builds a pipe bomb on “Young Blood”: relentless drums, shrieking guitars, and a steely-eyed guest shot from Roc Marciano. Has-Lo pulls double duty rapping on both ”Shoot The Piano Player” and “47 Ronin” alongside Curly Castro of Wrecking Crew/Man Bites Dog Records. Other notable guest shots include Open Mike Eagle crooning on “Human Dominos” and Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede on the barrel blasting anthem “Chi-Town Drumroll.”