Kassa Overall

Animals (WARPCD351)

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Kassa Overall

Warp Records


GEN 173143




CD 14,03 €


Kassa Overall is a Grammy-nominated musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer who melds avant-garde experimentation with hip-hop production techniques to tilt the nexus of jazz and rap in unmapped directions.

On his first two studio albums Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz and I Think I'm Good, Kassa layered virtuosic drumming, meticulous production techniques, and incisive lyricism to establish himself as a rhythmic innovator and visionary poet, using his voice to address the injustices of the carceral system, the pharmaceutical industry, and anti-black racism, while wrangling with the perils of his own mental illness.

On ANIMALS, his Warp Records debut, Kassa pushes his kaleidoscopic, subversive vision further. He layers Roland 808s against avant-garde drumming in the vein of his mentors Elvin Jones and Billy Hart, the latter of whom he studied with at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Virtuoso musos appear alongside rap poets, including Danny Brown, Wiki, Lil B, and Shabazz Palaces. Top-flight jazz improvisation weaves in and out of orchestral string arrangements by Jherek Bischoff. The album’s diverse, all-star roster of collaborators includes several of his close friends, like vocalists Nick Hakim, Laura Mvula, Francis and The Lights, and jazz stars like Theo Croker and Vijay Iyer.


  • 01. No Camera
  • 02. Anxious Anthony (feat. Anthony Ware)
  • 03. Ready To Ball
  • 04. Clock Ticking (feat. Danny Brown & Wiki)
  • 05. Still Ain’t Find Me (feat. Tomoki Sanders, BendjiAllonce, Mike King & Ian Fink)
  • 06. Make My Way Back Home (feat. Nick Hakim &Theo Croker)
  • 07. The Lava Is Calm (feat. Theo Croker)
  • 08. No It Ain’t (feat. Andrae Murchison)
  • 09. So Happy (feat. LauraMvula & Francis And The Lights)
  • 10. It’s Animals
  • 11. Maybe We Can Stay (feat. J. Hoard)
  • 12. The Score Was Made (feat. Vijay Iyer)
  • 13. Going Up (feat. Lil B, Shabazz Palaces & Francis And The Lights)