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The Awakening by 4Hero feat. Ursula Rucker

Great production (as always) characterises The Awakening by 4hero. It features acclaimed poet, Ursula Rucker who wraps her raw insights into smoothly powerful lyrics that mimic a conversation between mother and daughter. Thankfully for me, 4Hero continue the poetic, almost orchestral sound created on other tracks such as Twelve Tribes from the Creating Patterns album — the beats are still warm, driven and complex but the sound is more organic, even if the label says, “electronic”.

The animation is by Judd Brett. He does a superb job of syncopating the video with the aesthetic of, and throws in a few bits of caption typography too. Thanks, Judd!

The Awakening is taken from the recent Album Play With The Changes which you can get in MP3 format via Tune Tribe or the proverbial iTunes.


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  1. 1. By Foxy Lox on 30th Dec ’07 at 03:38am

    The black & white speaks volumes (literally, figuratively, and aesthetically)!!! I love how it correlates with the content of the lyrics.

    btw, I've been a fan of Ursula’s ever since she did "The Unlocking" with The Roots.

  2. 2. By Mb. on 12th Jan ’08 at 01:30am

    Excellent. Reminds me of the style of some comics. And that little animated cursor and appearing/disappearig typography is an elegant touch.

  3. Jon 陳’s profile 3. By Jon 陳 on 22nd Jan ’08 at 06:03am

    Ursula’s a talent, no doubt Lox! Hopefully I’ll get chance to see her in action shortly.

    Yes Matt, definitely. Movies too. I’m thinking of Renaissance specifically.

  4. 4. By ratty on 7th Jun ’08 at 11:41am

    Keep your eyes on the prize of peace…and don’t pardon me while I preach…

    Its beautiful, powerful and reflective. Ursula rocks my world and when she collaborates with 4hero magic happens….

  5. 5. By Musuc on 23rd Oct ’08 at 11:06am


  6. 6. By Shane on 14th Apr ’10 at 08:49am

    Great video!! This is the first time I have seen it, really like the black and white style!


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