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Boomkat Product Review:
Backpack rap nerds out there won’t need any explanation on the ‘who’ Karriem Riggins is, he’s been a mainstay in the Detroit scene for time, and while he came to prominence as a drummer, he made his name in the wider world as a producer for The Roots, Common and Slum Village. Studying under J Dilla must give any producer an unshakable amount of levity, and Riggins shows his links to Dilla’s well-trodden sound as well as his versatility on this solo debut. At a mammoth 33 tracks it’s an almost predictably ambitious record given Riggins’ past, but with most tracks clocking it at only just over a minute nothing overstays it’s welcome. There have been a glut of instrumental rap records in the last couple of years, and ‘Alone Together’ is certainly not among their number – Riggins rather jumps around a smoked-out, cosmic soul, jazz, funk, library music sound that could trace all the way to Madlib’s West Coast collage before going right back to Belle Isle. The most apt comparison might be to Dilla’s ‘Donuts’ as Riggins jump-cuts from beat to skit to beat, and like its hallowed predecessor ‘Alone Together’ should find itself being bumped for the next handful of years. Killer material from beginning to end – Recommended!