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  • Summary: The posthumous release from the drummer features beats recorded before he passed away in 2020 and completed by producer Vincent Taeger and co-producer Vincent Taurelle with vocals from Nate Bone, Danny Brown, Nah Eeto, Jeremiah Jae, Koreatown Oddity, Lava La Rue, Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon,The posthumous release from the drummer features beats recorded before he passed away in 2020 and completed by producer Vincent Taeger and co-producer Vincent Taurelle with vocals from Nate Bone, Danny Brown, Nah Eeto, Jeremiah Jae, Koreatown Oddity, Lava La Rue, Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon, Marlowe, Ben Okri, Sampa The Great, Skepta, Tsunami, and Zelooperz.

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  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Rap, Jazz, R&B, Funk, Alternative Rap, British Rap, International, West African, African Traditions, Afro-beat, Nigerian, Contemporary Rap, African Rap
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  1. Mojo
    Apr 30, 2021
    80
    These tracks feel more like intimate conversations, with Allen's boundless curiosity shining through. [Jun 2021, p.82]
  2. Apr 30, 2021
    80
    It’s an exploratory, ebullient album from start to finish, and one that embodies the insatiable curiosity that led him to work with so many artists from so many different genres, a celebration of collective endeavour and of life itself.
  3. Apr 30, 2021
    80
    There Is No End plays as a cohesive record because of Allen’s capacity to slot into place behind seemingly any collaborator without diluting his innate sense of rhythmic style. The album is a tantalising glimpse of the varied records Allen might have gone on to make; as it stands, it will no doubt inspire others to continue to shape the multitude of work he left behind into giddy new forms.
  4. Apr 30, 2021
    75
    It’s hard not to want a little more of what made Allen famous on a posthumous record, but that’s probably wrongheaded. True, Allen’s role in giving the world Afrobeat is an unassailable contribution to world culture at large, but his true place in music was that of a restless innovator. In that regard, There Is No End is a fitting tribute to a brilliant musician who was never content to linger too long on the same old beat.
  5. Uncut
    Apr 30, 2021
    70
    The DNA strands tying bop, Afrobeat, jungle and funk mean Allen’s steady, minimal jitter philosophically and rhythmically fi ts with a dozen resistant voices, 40 years asfter Fela, flickering beneath Sampa The Great’s taunting slur and, on rubbery highlight “Cosmosis”, Ben Okri, Damon Albarn and Skepta, Allen engaged and inherent in the present ’til the last beat. [Jun 2021, p.21]