Alabaster Jones

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Currently Digging:
James Blake
Massive Attack
The Dillinger Escape Plan
La Dispute

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NxWorries Yes Lawd!
One of the more consistently great beatsmiths in the underground, Knxwledge is a dependable guy that has a way with boom-bap drum work and soulful samples that tastefully bring back vibes of collectives like Soulquarians. Who better to complement him, then, than one of neo-soul's brightest up-and-comers in Anderson .Paak? Together, as NxWorries, they create a soulful, sexy journey through some of the most laid-back R&B you'll hear all year. Knxwledge does excellently, as expected (the production on "Wngs" is some of the best of the year), and .Paak does quite well too. The knock on it is that the tone really does not change at all, and while
James Blake Enough Thunder
I don't know why, but Enough Thunder hits me right in the feels every single time. Objectively, his self-titled or The Colour In Anything is his best work, but there's just something about this one. It does what Klavierwerke did in its very minimal, autotune-as-an-instrument approach, but about ninety times better. The piano ballad tracks he does here are absolutely phenomenal as well. His cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You", which is definitely one of the better covers I've ever heard, makes me tear up almost every time I hear it. Every song here is fantastic in its own way, though, and though this is probably
Massive Attack Heligoland
After several years of downtime, the seminal trip-hop/downtempo duo known as Massive Attack returned with a sound unlike anything they had previously operated with. It's a sound much more organic and a bit less hip-hop based than its predecessors, but the endless subtleties that on their own are minimal but together create a swirling ether of gorgeous sound is definitely still there. Some of the most beautiful moments in their entire discography are found within Heligoland most notably the blissful melancholy of "Paradise Circus" and the tear-jerking "Saturday Come Slow", on which Damon Albarn sings in heartbreaking fashion. The cons
Nas STILLmatic
It's always nice to see an artist that had been reeling somewhat catch a second wind and release some great stuff, not only because it's awesome they're doing the stuff they had the potential to do, but because you know it feels good for them too. Nas righted a ship that was all but foundering with STILLmatic, which eschewed the days of 1999 and sounded like he recorded these tracks in the same period as It Was Written. With much better production, hooks that were actually good, and lyrics that painted more vivid pictures of Queensbridge, this "comeback" album reminded listeners that Nas still had greatness in him, as eviden
Christian Loeffler Mare
The dictionary defines the word "mare" as "a very unpleasant or frustrating experience". Ironic, then, considering Mare is pretty much the exact opposite of that definition. Christian Loeffler puts together a large work of ambient house, microhouse, tech house, and even small bits of IDM thrown in, all in a very warm and shimmering aesthetic that gives off some nice vibes. The knock on this record is that it doesn't differentiate much from track to track. It's got some really good melodies and subtle beat work, but when the overall sound changes very little over the course of an hour-twenty, things can bleed into each other pretty ea
DJ Screw Chapter 119: No Drank
"Drank been dry for about two weeks" says Fat Pat before a verse, and it's true: during this particular stretch of 1995, there was a shortage on the purple in the purple city. What's some guys to do? Simple: get together and bust out some freestyles over some smooth beats and let Screw work his magic on the turntables afterwards. Chapter 119: No Drank is essentially all freestyles bar a couple of joints at the end of the tape, and they're all pretty great. The sound, both smooth and lo-fi, is perfect for the likes of Fat Pat (who spits some of his best freestyles on this tape), 'Lil Keke, 'Lil Boo, and Big Dave to drop some bars over
Converge/Napalm Death Split
Two of the most ferocious bands around coming together for a split EP sounds pretty swell, and that's exactly what Converge/Napalm Death is. And although it pains me to say it, Napalm Death's side is better than Converge's. As blasphemous as that is to say for a 'Verge fan like myself, it's the truth. And it's not because Converge's side is bad or even just average; "No Light Escapes" is a burner, and the cover of Entombed's "Wolverine Blues" sounds great. Yet, Napalm Death's duo of songs are powerful and even better written, especially the second of the two. Of course, nothing here matches the prowess of either bands' best material,

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  • LotusFlower true. but yeah, amazing record.
    October 4 04:49 PM
  • LotusFlower gotta thank pots, hes the one who told me to check it.
    October 4 04:39 PM
  • LotusFlower its currently my third favorite of 2016.
    October 4 04:25 PM
  • LotusFlower it really IS that good. if the first track doesnt make u feel than something is wrong with you.
    October 4 04:25 PM
  • BallsToTheWall Youtube Braveyoung's A Light Narrows. You won't be disappointed.
    September 22 08:18 PM

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