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|4.0 excellent||TheManMachine | June 2nd 16|
The opening one-two punch of portentous make-or-break cliffhanger and stately dance-floor euphoria perseveres as a gratifying trend throughout -- it's consistently urgent, gripping, inspirative; and when it comes down to most overarching, celebratory. From surreptitiously championing the voices of uncharted commoners via molding barely-viewed Youtubers into majestic hook-meisters and reappropriated ramblers to clenching clean-n-classy with no forfeiture of detail-n-potency to the utilization of many-a sparkly piano and feather-flutter cymbal with no lapse of sizable significance, he blends catchy immediacy and valuable instrumentals like no one's business -- and has a hell of a time doing it. Perceived commerciality and dramatic pop-leanings may scare off some of the die-hard electro-dudes: oh just submit already. If all else fails, the guy can really champion a voice.
|4.0 excellent||RoundOnEndHiInMiddle | April 1st 16|
In the realm of what is colloquially known as "future garage", there's a few select artists that have earned the respect of electronic music lovers everywhere. I'm sure you can guess who they are, these major-leaguers, but taking a closer look at the scene, you can find some minor-league guys who might have what it takes to move up the ranks. The aptly named Potential is something of a tryout for The Range, who's always been at least competent, but never before reaching the heights he's found here. Aside from a couple of songs that contain some less-than-appealing vocals, the record is an excellent collection of hip-hop influenced UK garage and dubstep, bursting at the seams with personality and skill. Perhaps the best example of this is "Five Four", which ultimately mixes introspective hip-hop with atmospheric dubstep in a tactful and wholly pleasing manner. The other songs are too far down in terms of quality, though, as each song here has something to offer, whether it be catchy, skippy samples or smooth, minimalistic, wondering beat work. Could The Range reach the ranks of the greats of the scene? If he continues to improve like this, he very much could.
|4.0 excellent||chayka | December 9th 16|
|4.0 excellent||Yotimi | October 18th 16|
|3.0 good||jtswope | September 15th 16|
|3.5 great||Rail | April 7th 16|
|5.0 classic||Jared P. STAFF | April 5th 16|
|3.0 good||Willie STAFF | March 28th 16|
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