Qobuz Store wallpaper
Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Moor Mother|Black Encyclopedia of the Air

Black Encyclopedia of the Air

Moor Mother

Available in
logo Hi-Res
24-Bit 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

Experimental music can be often hard to digest, especially due to the gate-keeper culture surrounding it, however, noise poet, artist and musician, Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, packages up her experimental ideas and delivers them to the audience in a way that is digestible, and more so than that, thoroughly enjoyable. Ayewa’s latest project, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, is a thirteen-course degustation that will leave you feeling full to the brim. Ayewa’s intention with this album is clear, she mentioned that “I wanted to make it more accessible, and to get to ears that don’t really know me or have been afraid of me.” The album does that perfectly by blending soul, 90’s RnB beats and house music which on a surface level, makes this album already replayable, however, it is when you look deeper into the lyrics that you can understand the full breadth of Ayewa’s genius. Although palatable, the tracks never lose their powerful meaning, such as on Race Function Limited where her words cut through the track...“Mama made me/Tall baby/Out the guts of slavery/Grits and gravy/Shackled babies.” 


One frequent downfall of experimental albums is that they can often become tedious, especially when the tracks tend to drag on, however, Ayewa has successfully triumphed over this cliche. All tracks other than the explorative ambient track Tarot, keep themselves to under 3 minutes. Although the full album is only just over 30 minutes in length, we are taken on a journey through Ayewa’s message of collective responsibility and intergenerational trauma, which is spoon-fed to us in a way that sounds somewhat familiar, yet completely new. The opening track, Temporal Control of Light Echos, introduces us to the album like a narrator would introduce a play. The curtains rise and the show begins... Race Function Limited treats us to a feature by Brother May who gives us a taste of that classic South London sound. The following track, Shekere, transports us to the West Coast with a sound that is reminiscent of the Odd Future gang, whilst Iso Fonk has hints of a more experimental Yeezus.  Made a Circle lulls us in with a lo-fi beat and buttery flow before Nighthawk takes us to another planet. The album is rounded out with Clock Fight where the incessant drumming and agitated ambience under Ayewa’s intense poetry is maddening yet exhilarating. 


This album is a journey through hip-hop culture whilst also being an insight into the genre’s future. Although softer than Moor Mother’s previous work, this album is no less exciting than the others. Every track seems to propel you into the next, making your listening journey invigorating, interesting and inspiring. Ayewa is quoted “It’s about understanding the different ways that I have to go with such a radical message. My music is tied to a future and a history.” And that future is in Moor Mother’s hands. © Jessica Porter-Langson / Qobuz

More info

Black Encyclopedia of the Air

Moor Mother

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 70 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this album and more than 70 million songs with your unlimited streaming plans.

1
Temporal Control Of Light Echoes
00:02:59

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

2
Mangrove
00:02:09

Elucid, FeaturedArtist - Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Antonia Gabriela, FeaturedArtist

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

3
Race Function Limited
00:02:37

Brother May, FeaturedArtist - Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

4
Shekere
00:02:10

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Lojii, FeaturedArtist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Saydah Ruz, FeaturedArtist

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

5
Vera Hall Explicit
00:02:28

Bfly, FeaturedArtist - Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

6
Obsidian Explicit
00:01:33

Pink Siifu, FeaturedArtist - Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

7
Iso Fonk Explicit
00:01:37

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

8
Rogue Waves
00:02:23

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

9
Made A Circle Explicit
00:02:47

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Orion Sun, FeaturedArtist - maassai, FeaturedArtist - Nappy Nina, FeaturedArtist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Antonia Gabriela, FeaturedArtist

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

10
Tarot
00:05:54

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - YATTA, FeaturedArtist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

11
Nighthawk Of Time
00:01:13

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Black Quantum Futurism, FeaturedArtist

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

12
Zami Explicit
00:02:01

Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

13
Clock Fight
00:02:08

Elaine Mitchener, FeaturedArtist - Dudù Kouate, FeaturedArtist - Moor Mother, MainArtist - Camae Dennis, Composer, Lyricist, ComposerLyricist - Camae Dennis (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti 2021 Moor Mother, under exclusive license to Anti

Album Description

Experimental music can be often hard to digest, especially due to the gate-keeper culture surrounding it, however, noise poet, artist and musician, Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother, packages up her experimental ideas and delivers them to the audience in a way that is digestible, and more so than that, thoroughly enjoyable. Ayewa’s latest project, Black Encyclopedia of the Air, is a thirteen-course degustation that will leave you feeling full to the brim. Ayewa’s intention with this album is clear, she mentioned that “I wanted to make it more accessible, and to get to ears that don’t really know me or have been afraid of me.” The album does that perfectly by blending soul, 90’s RnB beats and house music which on a surface level, makes this album already replayable, however, it is when you look deeper into the lyrics that you can understand the full breadth of Ayewa’s genius. Although palatable, the tracks never lose their powerful meaning, such as on Race Function Limited where her words cut through the track...“Mama made me/Tall baby/Out the guts of slavery/Grits and gravy/Shackled babies.” 


One frequent downfall of experimental albums is that they can often become tedious, especially when the tracks tend to drag on, however, Ayewa has successfully triumphed over this cliche. All tracks other than the explorative ambient track Tarot, keep themselves to under 3 minutes. Although the full album is only just over 30 minutes in length, we are taken on a journey through Ayewa’s message of collective responsibility and intergenerational trauma, which is spoon-fed to us in a way that sounds somewhat familiar, yet completely new. The opening track, Temporal Control of Light Echos, introduces us to the album like a narrator would introduce a play. The curtains rise and the show begins... Race Function Limited treats us to a feature by Brother May who gives us a taste of that classic South London sound. The following track, Shekere, transports us to the West Coast with a sound that is reminiscent of the Odd Future gang, whilst Iso Fonk has hints of a more experimental Yeezus.  Made a Circle lulls us in with a lo-fi beat and buttery flow before Nighthawk takes us to another planet. The album is rounded out with Clock Fight where the incessant drumming and agitated ambience under Ayewa’s intense poetry is maddening yet exhilarating. 


This album is a journey through hip-hop culture whilst also being an insight into the genre’s future. Although softer than Moor Mother’s previous work, this album is no less exciting than the others. Every track seems to propel you into the next, making your listening journey invigorating, interesting and inspiring. Ayewa is quoted “It’s about understanding the different ways that I have to go with such a radical message. My music is tied to a future and a history.” And that future is in Moor Mother’s hands. © Jessica Porter-Langson / Qobuz

About the album

Improve this page

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

On sale now...

The Off-Season

J. Cole

The Off-Season J. Cole

To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar

Nevermind

Nirvana

Nevermind Nirvana

Back To Black

Amy Winehouse

Back To Black Amy Winehouse
More on Qobuz
By Moor Mother

Brass

Moor Mother

Brass Moor Mother

Circuit City

Moor Mother

Circuit City Moor Mother

Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes

Moor Mother

Fetish Bones

Moor Mother

Fetish Bones Moor Mother

Iso Fonk

Moor Mother

Iso Fonk Moor Mother

Playlists

You may also like...

SICK!

Earl Sweatshirt

SICK! Earl Sweatshirt

Civilisation

Orelsan

Civilisation Orelsan

Fighting Demons

Juice WRLD

Fighting Demons Juice WRLD

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Little Simz

Certified Lover Boy

Drake

In your panoramas...
Hip-Hop: 8 Legendary Producers

Can we imagine Guru without DJ Premier and De La Soul without Prince Paul? Behind every iconic rapper and cult group, there is a visionary producer who learned from his predecessors and developed his own sound. From the pioneer Marley Marl, who laid the foundations for modern production by showing what could be done with the first samples, to the shooting star J Dilla who, before his death at the age of 32, managed to leave a lasting mark on the genre, not to forget Bomb Squad’s sonic revolution and Dr Dre’s undisputed dominance on the West Coast. Here’s an overview of the studio masters that have ruled the hip-hop world for thirty years.

Australian Rap: Artists that Shaped the Scene

One thing is clear: a new generation of Australian artists is appropriating rap in their own way, injecting a great dose of African music and deep sounds. But since its emergence in the late 1980s, local rap has always stood out from its American big brother. Often brilliantly.

Reggaeton in 10 Albums

A combination of Jamaican dancehall, American hip-hop, Caribbean rhythms and Spanish wit, reggaeton has, since its birth in the early 90s, shaken the world of pop music time and time again. From DJ Playero’s first mixtapes to Daddy Yankee’s “Barrio Fino” and Don Chezina’s “Tra-Tra-Tra, Puerto Rican musicians and their Colombian counterparts in Medellin have done their utmost to take over the world. In the last decade, they have done just that thanks to artists such as Luis Fonsi, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny. Read on for 10 of the genre’s most important albums. Reggaeton won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

In the news...