INFINITY KNIVES & BRIAN ENNALS
Experimental, Electronic, Hip-hop
Infinity Knives is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer from Baltimore, MD by way of Madagascar, Tanzania, and South Africa. His most recent solo album “Dear Sudan” was released to acclaim in November 2020 on Phantom Limb records. The LP led to an enthusiastic write up in the legendary Spin magazine and a position as the musical director of popular NPR podcast Invisibillia. One of Tariq’s favorite albums is Candy Cigarettes, a 2013 release by MD rapper/singer Brian Ennals. This led to three collaborations between the two on the aforementioned Dear Sudan which then led to their joint album “Rhino XXL”.
Last November Mind on Fire, an orchestral group based out of Baltimore put on a two night show highlighting Knives work. Brian performed several songs and both nights sold out. Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals have just wrapped a new album, King Cobra, which, based on advanced word is an early contender for album of the year, any genre. They’re not revolutionaries, but both hope revolutionaries are playing this album while knocking the windows out of police vehicles. The pair are beginning a European tour in March and hope to keep performing to increasingly packed venues for the near future.
“It’s hard to believe this is the first we’ve heard of Infinity Knives. With any luck, it won’t be the last.” - Loud and Quiet
“Together, Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals might seem like the poster boys for alternative or experimental hip hop, but King Cobra proves that labels can be meaningless. The meditative opening and closing tracks, the quiet interludes matched with Ennals’ poetic rage, and the layers of sound effects and visceral soundscapes in-between all point to an album that is colourful yet hard to pin down...It’s as if you’re being lulled into a false sense of calm before the storm hits” - The Quietus
“Crucially, stripped-down instrumental interludes are also placed throughout the album, acting as a respite from the intensity of Ennals’s delivery and offering an opportunity for Infinity Knives to showcase the contemporary classical influences that murmur gently through his production” - Daily Band Camp