HKB FiNN | SPOKEN HERBS

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SPOKEN HERBS

by HKB FiNN

HKB FiNN's original blend of Acoustic Afro Hip Hop fused with intelligent lyrics, live and sampled music bridges the gap between Rap & Poetry. His music has strong elements of Jazz, Blues, Reggae and West African flavours. Original.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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1. Spoken Herbs
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2. You Can't Run
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3. Babylon Don (Featuring Maya Jobarteh)
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4. On the corner (Duet with Cleveland Watkiss)
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5. Domino interlude
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6. Free Rebel Spirit
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7. Dead Walkers (Duet with Cleveland Watkiss)
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8. Sanctuary of Joy
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9. The Rooster Song (Ba Doo Ba Day)
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10. B Right On
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11. Fatigue
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12. Jewel
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13. Porte de la Chapelle
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14. There's Always Time (duet with Cleveland Watkiss)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
HKB FiNN is a Spoken word artist from the UK who embodies all the worldly influences that are present in a cosmopolitan city such as London.

FiNN’s combination of provocative poetry, innovative raps and original music has made him one Hip Hop’s most unique artists. His unique brand of alternative Hip Hop is part Reggae, part West African, part Jazz, part Blues but is always filled with an elegance and verve rare in Hip Hop.

Born in Malta, educated in Jamaica and brought to the UK in his early teens HKB FiNN has been active in Hip Hop since 1989. He was the former front man of UK band Katch 22 (known then as Huntkillbury FiNN). After 3 albums the band parted way and FiNN experimented with New Metal, Classical and Electronica for a few years.

After hearing Saul Williams in 1999, began to explore the Spoken Word tradition. He studied artists like The Last Poets and felt the time was right for a new Spoken Word revolution. Since 1999, he has recorded and performed across several genre’s with various groups and organisations such as: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tunde Jegede Ensemble, Roots Manuva, Viva Sinfonia, No Jazz, Gunshott, Electro Deluxe and many more.

In 2002, his groundbreaking solo debut album ViTALiSTiCS established FiNN’s mixture of High and Low art music melding Beats and Live strings to create an album which received both critical and commercial acclaim. His work with Katch 22 had gone full circle with FiNN introducing original compositions and not samples to the language of Hip Hop music.

In 2004 his flair for musical innovation received further recognition and he was awarded an honorary Masters in music law by the University of East London for his contribution to contemporary music.

In 2005, FiNN began attracting new audiences with his ever developing sound. Incorporating West African melodies with the rhythms of the African Diaspora, he recorded a new album entitled: ACOUSTiC AFRO HiP HOP. The new album has been much praised by the public and press alike and topped Mojo Magazines Urban Albums of 2005 list. The album has been described as:

“A masterpiece” Outside Looking in Magazine

“An inspiration to listen to” UKHH.com

“Exceptional” The Sunday Times

“Well crafted, an atmospheric gem” RAPNEWS.CO.UK

“Beautiful arrangements and thoroughly refreshing” NiCK LUSCOMBE, XFM RADiO

“This is music from that ‘next level’ many rappers claim to be striving to attain” MOJO MAGAZiNE

In 2006, HKB FiNN will release his first full spoken word album entitled: SPOKEN HERBS. Featuring the production talents of Derek Johnson, Don Jose and guest vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, this new work promises to take FiNN into new territory. FiNN describes his new sound as Blu-Dub (a combination of Blues, Hip Hop and Afro-Reggae) and is due to be released in September 2006.

HKB FiNN has moved away from the conventional presentation of hip hop to create an elegant but unique sound that is constantly challenging the parameters of what is known & expected of hip hop. His approach of mixing elements of High and Low art in the form of ‘Beats and Strings’ has won him international acclaim and confirms that HKB FiNN is no ordinary artist.


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'Spoken Herbs' is another well produced and very artistic effort by the UK hiphop legend that is HKB Finn. The album's packed with an array of sounds, from atmospheric spoken word numbers to guitar based tracks and loud drum orientated efforts. There's all sorts of flavours, from the chilled and moody to energetic and powerful, a testament to the artist's musical ability and versatility.

The key to the release being good, is that through all this, there's a strong balance from track to track, with nothing seeming out of place. With an on point essay by Alex Hanson in the sleeve as well as the inclusion of a Katch 22 CD, 'Non Conformist Rituals', this is certainly an enticing buy for any dedicated UK hiphop follower. Out on both Itunes and CD by early October, it's a fine example of the past more than successfully developing into the future.