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schwartzegeist / Press

“Sometimes shortened to X-Dred (for extra street cred), the band hinges on the collaboration between Byron and Detroit poet-rapper Sadiq Bey. Bey's lyrical style is probably closest to Gil Scott-Heron or The Last Poets in delivery, nodding back even further, to the beginnings of beat poetry... The two have already worked together on Byron's 1992 debut Tuskeegee Experiments and Music For Six Musicians. Byron and Bey were keen to expand this emergent teamwork, with X-Dred allowing a full narrative thrust to be developed. "Each piece has its own little story," explains Byron. "Sometimes we write together, or maybe the poem existed first.”

“Giving a primacy to rhythm and dramatic expression, (Sadiq) Bey is the most startlingly original of the Othellos, his "Othellos Confession" a warmly grooved lesson on what Hip Hop could be.-Perry Tanenbaum/Jazz Times”

“Idag är det spoken word-gruppen Schwartzegeist och den experimentella, elektroniska musik han gör under sitt alias >Green_man/ som tar upp det mesta av Sadiqs tid. Han kallar det senare för "slipslop" och menar att det är en mix av nästan alla genrer, till och med opera, men att det främst är kärleken till tidig brittisk dubstep som ligger till grund där.”

“The whole business is tied together by the sly "spoken-word" recitations of the poet Sadiq Bey... Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall, it's "an extraordinary cutting edge statement." That will likely be replacing "in the tradition" for the next century.”

Joseph Hooper - New York Observer

“and though this group is small compared with Ra’s 12-plus-member orchestras, Schwartzegeist aptly creates a well-layered collage of strange electro-jazz sounds for space travelers and always with the aim to open up secret pathways to one’s inner ear. ”