Araabmuzik
Electronic Dream


4.0
excellent

Review

by MisterTornado CONTRIBUTOR (47 Reviews)
August 14th, 2011 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soothing trance induced echo of a sweet alternative to the sounds of modern Hip-Hop

You are now listening to AraabMuzik. Behind those dope beats and quasi-anthemic-trance spirit is Abraham Orellana; a modern hip-hop producer let loose in the studio, left to his own devices. The pressure driven music found on his debut works like a playlist for a sweaty club, but instead of mindless beat harping bangers, the crowd below cries for smoothly enveloped electronics around those easily digestible beats. AraabMuzik translates that modern-euphoric approach to producing hip-hop into a series of abbreviated clusters of free flowing, cascading textures; ultimately adding to an extremely consistent set of contemporary instrumental hip-hop.

The music on Electronic Dream is not completely instrumental, in sense. Most of it's tracks feature backing female vocals, strung out in a familiar repetition of club-ready lyrics like, "Fall in love with music, fall in love with dance, fall in love with anything that makes you want romance." These vocals complement the trance ambience oozing from the album, because of course it's not about what these ladies are saying, it's about how their saying it. Take "Lost In A Maze", where voice is utilized as progression of its beat; being the subtle breathe in between each 808, to give the track a nice tension in the album's closing moments.

Electronic Dream carries a few consistent vibes throughout it's short run-time, relating to how each song is introduced. A track either begins with a simple line of lyrics, or a microphone call reminding us, "You are now listening to AraabMuzik", or vise versa, before a heavy beat drops to establish the rest of the track. The microphone call will most likely sound contrived and self-indulgent to most listeners, because it bears the question, 'why do we need to be reminded of whom we are listening too?' The answer is, this reminder gives the album a radio station vibe; as if you're tuned to 103.3 AraabMuzik. This little effect is pretty unique, and while it may end up aggravating more people than its intent is worth; it manages to glue the tracks into a tighter, more cohesive mix.

Overall Electronic Dream doesn't go without it's flaws; it neither shines in ambition nor originality. Although this isn't an album expecting to live up to any kind of hype, or break any ground; it simply works as a set of consistent instrumental hip-hop tracks that echo a dreamy trance-like demeanor. It succeeds as an easy-going alternative to the sounds of modern hip-hop; minus the foolish braggadocio of ineffective lyrics. The modern sheen on contemporary beats, soothing club ecstasy, the pathos of late century Detroit, all exemplified, in a crash course known as the Electronic Dream.



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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some cuts from the album

Make It Happen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnWu_0v0OCI
Streetz Tonight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL2e1xfmJEc&
AT2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMVwqQqafl8

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011


15044 Comments


streetz tonight fuckinr ocks

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011


7047 Comments


"...crowd below cry's..."
cries*

also, I would make slight changes to a sentence in the third paragraph:
The answer is simple - this reminder gives the album a radio station vibe; just as if you're tuned to 103.3 AraabMuzik.
Just sounds a little stronger and more confident to me.

Other than that, very good review. I especially liked the way you closed it, very deliberate. Well done :]

aok
August 15th 2011


4433 Comments


solid review. good to see some araabmuzik exposure as well

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks iFghtffyrdmns, cheers

Jash
August 15th 2011


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really really like this album.

"solid review. good to see some araabmuzik exposure as well"
pitchfork BNM'd it a while back, he's been getting exposure on their and other places for months now

DiceMan
August 15th 2011


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah album is pretty solid

aok
August 15th 2011


4433 Comments


yea - jash. i meant exposure on sputnik

Jash
August 15th 2011


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah more people on here need to get this for sure, such a good night time album

Rev
August 15th 2011


9431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review, album is killer

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011


31223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The 16 year old version of me considers this a guilty pleasure

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
August 15th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pleasure is the key word

Calculate
August 31st 2011


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is so awful

Rev
August 31st 2011


9431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah it's great

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011


31223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Calculate just needs to shake his tailfeather

Rev
August 31st 2011


9431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Have you seen this dude shred on an MPC? he's nuts

Calculate
August 31st 2011


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah but trouble is it sounds terrible

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 31st 2011


15044 Comments


first two tracks are so good jesus

Fuff24
September 3rd 2011


1118 Comments


It's not good as an album -repetitive as hell- but some of these are great, namely streets tonight and Feeling So Hood

natey
November 1st 2011


4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Streeeeeeeeeeeetz tonight



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