Hearts of Darkness – A Journey of a Thousand Miles
I first became aware of Hearts of Darkness back in the mid 90’s when they dropped two 12’s and appeared on a compilation for The Ruf label, then there was a track featured on Disorda’s “Mind The Gap” cassette compilation, and then nothing…until now!
The boys from Hull are back, well kind of. Kings of all things UK and old skool (especially if you like t-shirts and mugs), Style Warrior have blessed us with the remaster and re-release of all the Hearts of Darkness material recorded on the LP “A Journey of a Thousand Miles”. This includes all tracks featured on the 12’s and compilations and unreleased material never heard before.
Listening to the material now, Hearts of Darkness were ahead of their times. Effortlessly mixing up funky breaks with hard beats, thundering bass lines with a selection of horn samples and guitar licks, all finished off perfectly with smooth, hard and intelligent rhymes. Loire’s rhyme skills are second to none, coming off laid back yet urgent, force full but not in your face, utilising interesting rhyme patterns and styles never really heard these days, sadly.
Whilst looking forward to hearing the groups material again, I was unsure how it would fair, but I have to say I am just as impressed as I was back in 94, maybe even a little more now. With an older head on my shoulders I can appreciate all aspects of their music, not just a funky beat and some hard rhymes.
“A Journey of a Thousand Miles” is released later this month on the lovely black stuff (vinyl if you don’t know) make sure to grab a copy quick as they will go fast! A must for all real hip hop fans.