Dripping with pensive emotion and sincerity, House of Helixx – Book 1 is a heady, cinematic conceptual album that is both a memoir and lucid dream, written and performed by New York City native, raconteur and long established lyricist Helixx C. Armageddon, who Hip Hop heads may know from the all female rap crew The Anomolies.
Grounded in muddy, swampy, meditative soundscapes by producer /engineer Shanty Gallos, in-tandem with brooding, otherworldly hand-drawn illustrations and creative direction by multidisciplinary artist Ian “Bub” Davis, House of Helixx is a journey unlike any other.
Featuring noteworthy guest appearances from the Anomolies gender justice collective and underground hip-hop mainstay Jise, this 13 track art project is a communal experience.
The single JAMES BALDWIN is a lyrical masterpiece, words painted with rich pigments and a textured brush. If you missed this when it dropped (I’ll admit, I did), it’s never too late to catch up. I am so glad I came across this 6 months after it dropped and clicked on it to hear the song. This is heady storytelling, filled with history and the words of a writer/warrior. Sonicly, the production is lead by an eerie sample looped over a slow headnodding beat that is a cross between traditional 90s East Coast underground Boom Bap and Portishead.
House of Helixx was conceived in music therapy, while Helixx was recovering from a near death experience. The album is all about mental health and talks through topics we are all dealing with today. Although she’s been featured on many music releases since the 1990’s this is her first album. House of Helixx: Book 2 is already in production.
You can stream it anywhere and pick up the whole album on BandCamp and other platforms. Be on the lookout for Book 2!
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