Friendzone
DX


4.5
superb

Review

by Super Grover USER (32 Reviews)
October 10th, 2013 | 1805 replies


Release Date: 10/15/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “2013 is the year we take Friendzone back from the bros.”

One of my favorite aspects of Friendzone, the California production tag team of James Laurence and Dylan Reznick, is their absolute loathing of the term from which they got their name. “Our name doesn’t mean that sexist bull*** regarding girls putting ‘nice guys’ in the friendzone,” the duo said in a Facebook post in June. “It’s always been about your inner circle.”

Friendzone’s music, too, has always been about intimacy. They’ve grown from a lighter alternative to Clams Casino in the world of cloud rap to dropping a few compilation mixtapes to all of a sudden landing a production spot on a major label release-- A$AP Rocky’s fantastic “Fashion Killa” earlier in January. With the release of their first proper album, it’s more than a little impressive how quickly the baby has grown up. After a couple of years playing second fiddle to the likes of Main Attrakionz and Shady Blaze, DX is Friendzone finally left to their own devices, making an album for themselves. And it’s brilliant.

There’s nothing on DX that comes as a surprise, and that’s just fine. The duo released “Poly” and “8AM” well before the album’s release, and the other eight tracks fall perfectly into place. The synth line that permeates opener “Taswell” is reminiscent of the piano riff that ends “8AM” (which is a not-so-subtle nod to “Chuch”), while the bright, vocal-distortion-laden “Passion Breathing” bleeds wonderfully into its lower-key successor, “Rest pt. 2”. It’s a vivid, cohesive work, as fully formed as you’d expect an album three years in the making to be. While the majority of Collection I begged for someone to come do the beats justice. DX begs rappers to stay the hell away. This is the soundtrack to slow-mo hugs, long walks in the rain and sex in fun places. Hell, this is the soundtrack to life.

But who can really be surprised at this point? DX doesn’t satisfy expectations as much as it does raise them. Everything the duo has touched thus far has turned to gold. Why should literally any release of theirs from hereon out be any different? Chuch.



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SeaAnemone
October 10th 2013


20534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yaaaaaayyyyy can't wait to read about this / talk about it!!! be back lata

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Relinquished
October 10th 2013


25211 Comments


speaking of

right, vision?

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2013


44634 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Very fitting for today's events.

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Phlegm
October 10th 2013


5113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tyfz

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Phlegm
October 10th 2013


5113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

YR TOUCH YR BLISS is wow nice

Romulus
October 10th 2013


8443 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whole thing is wow nice. but yeah that's definitely a favorite

SeaAnemone
October 10th 2013


20534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea Yr TOUCH YR BLISS is the best beat of the year
8am thru that track is definitely my favorite run on the mix

ShitsofRain
October 10th 2013


5911 Comments


gonna listen tonight

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FourthReich
October 10th 2013


17874 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i love the quote regarding their name, because all of their music make me feel super nostalgic and reminds me of past relationships, and the ones that got away

oltnabrick
October 10th 2013


31094 Comments


Album of the year prob

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FourthReich
October 10th 2013


17874 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

favourite listen of the year definitely, so easy to get through

chitownflip
October 10th 2013


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So good

oltnabrick
October 10th 2013


31094 Comments


Got Friendzone hard

larrytheslug
October 10th 2013


1315 Comments


is this name your price?

guitarded_chuck
October 10th 2013


3149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea

Dunpeal
October 10th 2013


3687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

free.99

larrytheslug
October 10th 2013


1315 Comments


talk about a hole in one!

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2013


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

friendzone threads make me smile 8)
luv you all

Phlegm
October 10th 2013


5113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Chuch

TheAstralsage
October 10th 2013


102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Jamming this



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