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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. May 14, 2021
    90
    Never content to hinge on traditional modalities, this surprisingly resilient and provocative collection reveals how Allen and friends triumphed against social barbarism and cosmopolitan functionality. As the title succinctly attests, there was seemingly no end to the late musician’s skill, and thankfully no end to the legacy he created for others to benefit from.
  2. 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.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 30, 2021
    80
    These tracks feel more like intimate conversations, with Allen's boundless curiosity shining through. [Jun 2021, p.82]
  4. May 10, 2021
    77
    There Is No End is Allen as his most copacetic, polished self. It doesn’t feel like the finish line, but rather a passing of the baton—to artists who compelled him to evolve, and to fans always willing to be surprised.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. May 10, 2021
    70
    There Is No End delivers more evidence of that. Taeger and Taurelle fully comprehended Allen's musicality and embraced its kaleidoscopic dimensions. As such, it is rendered free of the misdirected, sometimes jagged and piecemeal conceits that litter other artists' posthumous offerings.

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