It’s a little “I heard them before they were cool,” but for once I really do get to claim it – I first heard about NxWorries before Anderson Paak blew up in the hip-hop world, having first heard it as a side project of Stones Throw Records’ sample-obsessed instrumental producer Knxwledge. Flash forward about 18 months and the spotlight has certainly shifted to Paak, the honey-voiced golden boy of hip-hop, having collaborated with Dr Dre, ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Kaytranada, Mac Miller and many others, as well as releasing his own spectacular album Malibu. But regardless of who is receiving more general attention right now, when they come together as NxWorries, magic happens.
The pair put out the Link Up & Suede EP late last year, and they’ve now announced their full length debut, Lawd!. Lyk Dis is the first song to be released, and it’s pretty damn alluring; the understated, sultry atmosphere is led by lusty, flirtatious lyrics – markedly more sexual than a lot of Paak’s own recent work. Behind the verses lies seductive, velvety-smooth instrumentation, with a 70s twang and the kind of rhythm that’d make D’Angelo blush.
Knxwledge dropped the captivating Buttrskotch, and the invigorating Hud Dreems the year before, allowing him to work alongside Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and Action Bronson on the upcoming Blue Chips 7000. He and Paak have continued to build upon their sound, and we can’t wait for the full album. With 18 vocal tracks and just one instrumental, Anderson .Paak told his Twitter followers in June that this would be his “best work…a masterpiece.”
Anderson Paak is visiting Australia really soon for Listen Out festival – who knows, maybe we’ll be given a sneak preview of what to expect. In the meantime, check out our playlist of the best music from Knxwledge and Anderson Paak.
Lawd! is set for release October 21 via Stones Throw.
Check out the track list below:
04 Best One
05 What More Can I Say
07 Lyk Dis
08 Can’t Stop
09 Get Bigger / Do U Luv
12 Scared Money
17 Link Up
18 Another Time
Image: Eric Coleman via Pitchfork