Lewis Parker – Its All Happening Now (The Ancient Series Three) (2002) (CD) (FLAC + 320 kbps)

Kingsley Marshall@allmusic: ”With virtually every artist daring to raise their head in the fearsome world of British hip-hop either heralded by the U.K.’s journalists as a new messiah or battered into obscurity, Lewis Parker must’ve felt somewhat awkward when first snapped up by Massive Attack’s much-lauded subsidiary in 1997 on the back of only a handful of singles. So uncomfortable, in fact, that despite his Masquerades & Silhouettes debut shifting respectable units at the time, Parker disappeared into the shadows for close to four years. His sophomore album, however, proves this time was spent in training, honing both his production and lyrical skills to a level that should dispense of any ne’er-do-wells. The diverse selection of skits and full tracks is nothing short of formidable, with well-built loops flicking in and out of orchestral rises and shimmering B-movie atmospherics, as diverse and well-delivered verbals touch upon everything from the claustrophobia of studio life to science fiction-flecked philosophizing. Initially light and airy, It’s All Happening Now moves through increasingly deviant neighborhoods of a Morricone-influenced cityscape, with the morose flutes of the closing “No Escape” eventually bringing the album full circle — an accomplished dawn-to-dusk vision of urban living.”

01. Intro to the Sky
02. Incognito
03. City Expanse
04. Communications
05. Golden Sound
06. Beat – Skit
07. What the Ancients Say
08. Pow – Skit
09. Movement and Rhythm
10. Kidsoul – Skit
11. Mums the Word
12. Sunny Dedications
13. Anticipation
14. Ice and Fire – Skit
15. It’s All Happening Now
16. Figments from the Sky
17. Cold Sun
18. Spy – Skit
19. Seasons of Espionage
20. The Chase, Pt. 1
21. Espionage – Skit
22. At Large with A-Cyde
23. No Escape

FLAC / MP3 320

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