TheManMachine
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Last Active 12-13-15 4:40 pm
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Terrace Martin Velvet Portraits
Prominent Pimped-Butterfly producer puts together a hybrid hodgepodge of r&b-jazz-soul-funk: roughly in that order when it comes to genre-tilt with a modicum of hip-hop/electro-dream extract, boasts a laundry list of erudite guest features, and smoothly interlaces instrumentals with the non-. And considering its 14-track tally/nearly 70 minutes/inordinate collaborating, caliber and consistency really run rampant -- many lay it down so smooth-n-mellow as to epitomize 'chill' or driving into a Cali sunset, some superbly scratch that itch to get up and get down, others revel in nowhere-to-go jam-outs and fat-n-farty bass blurts. But, er, that ne
3.0
06.25.16
Bombino Azel
This Tuareg axe-slinger and concomitant squad have their formula and they're stickin' to it: acoustic+electric high-string-centric bustle+sputter, rigorous handclaps, dynamic drumming, set-in-stone song-structures that synthesize jocund hippie-jam fiesta and mesmeric world-music grooves. High spirits and breezy virtuosity help annul any apprehensions about a language barrier, and either way his singflections and intermittent quavery party-chirps are quite the charismatic components in themselves. Stylistic redundancy does reveal itself rather rapidly, however -- enchanting and easeful as they may be, I can't help but find myself achin' for so
3.0
06.25.16
Tim Hecker Love Streams
While the floaty flow and sinister-shroud/cozy-heaven conjugality are fairly fetching, so much of it is a flustered clutter of non-action and nonsense. Which is sorta-kinda worth wading in for when the sublime church-choir vox loom or the glitches rip on through to the other side. An appealing atmosphere as far as minced-up synth-somethings and meandering go, but some cohesion is cool too tho.
2.5
06.24.16
Red Krayola The Parable of Arable Land
4.0
06.21.16
M83 Junk
Tempting as it is, I vowed to not use the word 'junk' while describing 'Junk'. Cuz one, a bit easy+evident, and cuz two, this isn't "anything that is regarded as worthless, meaningless, or contemptible; trash." Really. It's pretty much full-time corny and at-times horrendously ho-hum, draggingly tottering from obnox to mopey to quizzical, toting bilingual schmaltz and maladroit vocal pitch-shifts and 'tis overlong to boot, but it's not junk (oops). Gonzalez is just too capable a mood-synth/electro interlayer to not allow some amenities to emanate. As for the schmaltz, I'll take Susanne Sundfor's lass-laced plain ol' sappy ballad over any of t
2.0
06.20.16
Babyfather BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
Cements its satirical snobbery and affinity for experimentation thick-n-quick by hollowing out a sampled British-pride line via a C-or-so's worth of loops; casting the path for "20 bands" and "pour some liquor on my head" as deadpan+bored mantras entwined with baby-cries, casual remarks of "gunshot" and "mad smoke in the studio" during one of the jet-engine noise-hunks and a snuck-in "fuck you mate" in the other, and not-one-but-two reprises of that ol' British-pride line. Primarily it's an extensive slab of hip-hop mockery that places concept, album-flow, and a skittish+squeaked-up narrator on a pedestal far above songs and strain, abstracti
3.0
06.19.16
dvsn Sept. 5th
The more I tuned in, the more it wavered -- what was initially despicably drowsy and tepid r&b using syrupy understatements as whitewash turned into gravitating towards a few of the particularly-gratifying hooks became somewhat-smitten with their slo-mo sensual+emotional sincerity, the trap-n-bass-inflected ethereality for beats, and the falsettos qualified at melting heart. "Try / Effortless" at track 3 is when they start to do just that / and make it seem so, "Do It Well" is perhaps when they do it the well-est, "Hallucinations" is a dream on a cloud; on the whole however it heavily recalls the ol' drowsy-n-tepid thing with a dash of cringe
3.0
06.18.16

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  • YetAnotherBrick really great soundoff for Exmilitary, man.
    December 9 11:45 PM
  • cjbizzlebizzle Oh shiiiiii
    November 7 11:18 AM
  • qwe3 you really manage to capture the essence of albums in them mate, so if you could translate that to reviews i'm sure you'd be one of the better reviewers on the site. which i'm told is a big deal.
    October 18 10:14 AM
  • qwe3 great soundoffs, i prefer them to your reviews, as you obv do.
    October 16 06:25 AM
  • PappyMason Nice sound-off for that Miguel album man. Despite its flaws, it's a great listen!
    September 2 06:27 PM

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