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Doublez
84

Man Plays the Horn is a unique record of astounding richness that resonates both as the pinnacle of Cities Aviv, but also as an adventure that continues to be talked about in the future.

"UP FROM THE HORN SAW THE SPIRIT TAKE AN EXIT...CLOSE YOU CONNECT WITH - IT'S A CONNECTION"

Man Plays the Horn is first and foremost an experience of connection, a tribute to roots, to the love of community, to culture. It is no coincidence that the Jazz and Experimental rapper Cities Aviv draws a ... read more

Louis13
85

This is some of the most creative hip-hop I've ever heard; it sort of sounds like a more abrasively experimental sLUms project. There's so much going on and so many ideas explored without sacrificing cohesion. The off-beat rapping perfectly complements even the most unorthodox beats here. The first ten-track run is almost flawless. While the following 12-minute instrumental centrepiece is itself impressive, it squanders the album's momentum going into the less consistent second half.

Favourite ... read more

Xaivv
80

Every day the underground gets ever closer to "Post Hip-Hop"; this project being a key example. And while definitely not to the level that Slauson Malone achieved with "A Quiet Farwell", "MAN PLAYS THE HORN" certainly makes a large mind fuck statement with its masterful sample flips and avant-garde writing style hap-hazardly sprinkled throughout the record.

But with such a long run time, moments of confusion came up often, the biggest example here being the ... read more

Boat_Sayles
65

it's very good, but overstays it's welcome. WAY longer than it needed to be

HFITZG
70

The long run time is a bit intimidating but this projects stays fresh and interesting throughout. Cities Aviv has been hanging around for a while but this feels like his most cohesive, strongest project (despite being undeniably un-cohesive and experimental). Really genre-pushing stuff.

flyguts
100

like a Basquiat painting put on wax

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Added on: January 21, 2022