Juggaknots

Clear Blue Skies [EP]

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Juggaknots released their debut album on the ultra-independent, New York City label Fondle'Em in 1996. Pressed only on vinyl and now difficult to find, the album is a mish-mash of styles and themes. On the stunning "Clear Blue Skies," the duo of Breeze and Da Brewin detail the wrenching conversation between white father and son as they argue over the son's black girlfriend. Juggaknots adopt a more apocalyptic tone on the churning "Loosifa." Unfortunately, most of the other tracks are a mess of noisy threats and boasts. Like a lot of underground hip-hop releases, the album suffers from low production values and has a muddy, dull sound.