Astronote
Weapon Of The Future


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
July 10th, 2011 | 35 replies | 12,461 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Motor City by way of Paris

Astronote's gratis debut Weapon of the Future is easily some of the most imaginative and groundbreaking production in hip-hop this side of 2010. Currently residing in Paris, France, it's obvious that his soul rests in Detroit, channeling the late Dilla, while sharing commonalities with fellow contemporary hip-hop masterminds Black Milk and Madlib. At its heart, the record is a Detroit release, sporting a roster of guest emcees hailing from the great motor city (and nearby areas): Buff1, Finale, Majestik Legend, and Journalist from The Left to name a few. But the wordplay is not the focus here so much as the beats - it is a truly amazing that a producer can craft such melodic and rhythmically complicated beats without using so much as a sample. The chime and strings driven melody of "Guns a Blaze" rides surprisingly hard, complemented somehow perfectly with a tuba and synth-interspersed bass line. Trek Life may not be the most skilled rapper in the world (you really don't have to be on a beat this ridiculous), but brings it just enough to make this a must hear. The same holds true for the entirety of the LP; Astronote's control of the drums is nothing short of brilliant, while his melodies range from abstract whirring and rhythmic bloops to any manner of synth possible. Don't miss this if you're a fan of regionally Detroit-sounding hip-hop, or progressive hip-hop in general. The most impressive guest cameos come from The Left's Journalist 103 on the eastern melody/ syncopated snares of "Make Moves" and Buff1 on the more futuristic atmosphere of "Stellar". "Make Moves" makes one contemplate the potential of a The Left record produced in full by Astronote instead of the more typical soul sampled beats of Apollo Brown. There are big things in this producer’s future; Weapon of the Future is only the beginning.

Standout Tracks:
"Book of Life"
"Make Moves"
"All"
"Stellar"
"Guns a Blaze"



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 10th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Download free: http://astronote.bandcamp.com/album/weapon-of-the-future-lp

Dont sleep

Tupik
July 10th 2011



671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Still haven't listened to this, your recs are usually very good so i'll try to get on it. Nice review.

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 10th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yes get this asap

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 10th 2011



15732 Comments


nice soundoff

StalkingButler
July 10th 2011



14 Comments


must own for beatheads

cvlts
July 10th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so this better than aotp?

EDIT: omg King Magnetic! aotp ftw. insta-4.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 10th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hah was gonna say!

Tupik
July 10th 2011



671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All is incredible. Some really good shit here, I can see my rating going up to 4 pretty easily.

cvlts
July 10th 2011



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for real though, this is pretty awesome. gettin a pharoahe monch vibe from it. good find

Bloodbirds
July 11th 2011



250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is brilliant.

farglesnuff
July 11th 2011



241 Comments


Pretty good so far. Havnt listened to hip hop on some time so this is refreshing.

ECRbubs
July 11th 2011



687 Comments


Empress Stahhr on this? Sold.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2011



6096 Comments


Review is so rushed

So this is like IMAKEMADBEATS? But better, I'm assuming?

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 12th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

please let me know how this seems rushed. i dont write 20 page essays on albums.

imakemadbeats is more traditional boom bap, while this pushes the envelope more.

PorkchopExpress
July 12th 2011



387 Comments


Great album. I want to bump to a 5 for having a song named "Big Trouble Little China".

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2011



31094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds pretty sweet, will definitely need to check it out

On a completely unrelated note, Sobhi did you check out new Samiyam?

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kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 13th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gave it a spin, but was too distracted with stuff i'm behind on reiewing. was pretty cool, will check again. right now im addicted to sbtrkt, but trying to get done my random axe review.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2011



31094 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tbh I was kinda surprised to see your rating for SBTRKT, not the points you gave it just that you had listened to it. I should have a review for that in a day or two

kingsoby1
Emeritus
July 13th 2011



4950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah someone on turntable rec'd it to me. i like more hip-hop influenced music.

gosk8n
July 14th 2011



1046 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i totally agree with you on the production of this album its brilliant

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