w h o k i l l

Release date
18 Apr 2011
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
42:06

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 My Country 3:42 95,447
2 Es-So 3:31 74,656
3 Gangsta 4:00 104,975
4 Powa 5:05 91,842
5 Riotriot 4:09 61,656
6 Bizness 4:25 137,232
7 Doorstep 4:18 61,156
8 You Yes You 3:35 61,220
9 Wooly Wolly Gong 6:09 52,574
10 Killa 3:12 54,138

About this album

Whokill (stylized as w h o k i l l) is the second full-length release by Merrill Garbus’ project Tune-Yards. It was released on 4AD Records on 19 April 2011.

The album covers a “formidable range of genres and styles” including acoustic folk, rock, R&B, punk, funk, free jazz and Afro beat. As on her first album, Bird-Brains, Whokill relies on heavily layering looped sounds – notably vocals, drums and ukulele – which multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/composer Garbus uses to create her sound.

Unlike the lo-fi Bird-Brains, which was self-recorded on a handheld voice recorder, Whokill was recorded in studio, resulting in a fuller and clearer sound. It was produced by Garbus and engineered by Eli Crews at New, Improved Studios in Oakland, California. Tune-Yards also fleshed out the line-up to reflect the live shows, adding bass player Nate Brenner, who co-wrote some of the album’s songs, and using horns on several tracks.

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  • mordwyr

    Edgy.

    10 Jul 1:29am Reply
  • SrJohnnyCat

    I fucking love this album so much I can't describe it.

    24 Jun 9:13pm Reply
  • SrJohnnyCat

    t h i s a l b u m k i l l e d m e w i t h h a p p i n e s s [3]

    24 Jun 9:12pm Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Sad that this has kind of been forgotten. One of the most interesting pieces of pop music I've ever heard.

    10 Jun 9:43pm Reply
  • jdotperiod

    I forgot how good this album is. Upbeat, experimentally funky grooves w/ dark, often sardonic lyrics.

    4 Mar 2:42am Reply
  • boka82

    mind-blowing

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Cazdlt

    Tought it was going to be awful, it turned to be pretty, pretty cool.

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • The__C

    a w e s o m e s a u c e

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tamijo-lfm

    Wow

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Glukoz

    cool stuff

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Sir_LePaul

    t h i s a l b u m k i l l e d m e w i t h h a p p i n e s s [2] / The best album of the year [3]

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • philipt42

    "The best album of the year and there is no need to say that this is ridiculous because it is only April, this will not be beat, barring a pretty unlikely comeback album from Jimi Hendrix." Substitute October for April, and I agree.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Joe857

    This is a female vocalist? What?

    27 Aug 2011 Reply
  • wheresbicki

    Amazing Album. I am insulted that this isn't on the Artist's page

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KiingNothing

    FUCKING GREAAAAAAAAT

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Beat_C

    am-fucking-azing

    14 May 2011 Reply
  • stefanoperfili

    LIKE I'VE NEVER FELT BEFOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • thethirdkibeth

    completely awesome album! i can't get enough

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • scomatsho

    below comment total hyperbole

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • pjs192

    The best album of the year and there is no need to say that this is ridiculous because it is only April, this will not be beat, barring a pretty unlikely comeback album from Jimi Hendrix.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
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