Darkside   Psychic
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2013
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4.0 excellentStrangerofSorts STAFF | September 29th 13

Fresh from remixing the entire of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington return with an album ambitious enough to fill the void between the dancefloor and Django Unchained’s soundtrack. Long-time Jaar fans will be on familiar turf here, though will struggle not to notice the heavier blues and rock influence and Harringtons efforts to lure him towards some late-night club bliss.

Harrington wasn’t entirely unsuccessful in this, as “Freak, Go Home” is the closest Jaar has come to rectifying his own uneasiness at his tracks’ previous lack of danceability. The tempo is pushed up, murky basslines join infectious one-two percussion and it’s all topped off with a recurring melody catchy enough to move even the most miserable of bar lurkers. However, while the dead ends, smothering vocal samples and industrial guitar finish make it more interesting, it doesn’t half result in a confusing first listen.

Elsewhere Darkside are much more chilled out, with the guitar-based, soulful bluesyness of “Heart” and overall seductive, genre-hopping instrumentation, Psychic becomes more of a come-down record than anything else. They seem to enjoy experimenting too much to be immediately accessible - “Greek Light” and “Golden Arrow” show just how far Darkside are willing to go - but Psychic still oozes the essence of cool necessary to make it a fantastic and, hopefully, successful album.


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4.5 superbmusicallychallenged | July 8th 14

It drifts from place to place, taking the listener on a journey without even seemingly knowing where it's going. dark, emotive, chaotic, alien, progressive. Highly recommended as background music.

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2.5 averageFuzzyxPickles | November 6th 13

subtle guitar noises rockin n rollin alongside/inside/around/after some syth heavy ambiance. Dankest Jamz: Metatron/Freak, Go Home

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4.2 excellentGnarlyShillelagh EMERITUS | October 8th 13

uhhh so this might be aoty

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4.0 excellentBrostep EMERITUS | October 8th 13

Golden Arrow alternative title: Sex in 11 Minutes. Seriously, it's that good.

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3.0 goodSleaper | October 6th 13

wee bit disappointed. why couldnt nico jarr just do his solo radness!!!.

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4.5 superbBigTuna | October 1st 13

Something as slow-dripped and evolutionary as Golden Arrow doesn't come along very often.

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4.0 excellentlou1000 | October 1st 13

E'rybody be sleepin' on dis shit! People must not realise this is Nicolas Jaar

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