American Football – American Football

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Golden age emo meets math rock

Moods

Songs I play when walking over to your place

Thoughts

Adds to the typical somber 'classic' emo format with well timed brass and tasteful/tight percussion. All of this additional instrumentation is good with songwriting that builds in a skillful way. I think it's a stretch to call this emo jazz as it's referenced on Wikipedia but it's distinct enough to call out.

‘Honestly’ is a great highlight showing the strengths of this album: mellow catchy introspection breaking into an extended jam type thing; letting emotion and tension playout in a natural way. You can feel the frustration and confusion of a breakup.

This type of genuineness is what drew me to emo initially and is captured beautifully here. Recommended for golden age emo fans who need something more than the pop-punk mold.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/American-Football-American-Football/release/450722

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NfnXdXpjL0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uj2JpvsvX4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CU4VGgX0nA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsCBUK_mvY4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr_DMGZ-JrY

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
A variety of 90s electro including synth ambient and breakbeat

Moods
An intelligent dance party

Thoughts
Enjoyed the breakbeat tracks (not sure if it’s true breakbeat but reminds me) ‘Nlogax’ and ‘Seeya later’ but the others are very good as well. ‘Hi Scores’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ are almost like ambient trip hop.

One of my favorite boards of canada releases that I’ve heard so far.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Boards-Of-Canada-Hi-Scores/release/3416582

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

MF Doom – Operation: Doomsday

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?

MF Doom’s distinct style over production that samples a variety of soul and jazz; kinda like a choppy J Dilla. Allmusic has more:

Doom was at his rawest and, lyrically, most dexterous. The out-of-left-field edge of Doom’s production — which features ’80s soul and smooth jazz mixed with classic drum breaks — is indeed abstract at times, but his off-kilter rhymes are palatable and absent any pretentiousness. In fact, the album arguably contains some of the freshest rhymes one might have heard around the time of its release.

Thoughts
Doom’s style certainly isn’t for everyone but the more I see rap evolve the more I realize just how remarkable his distinct style is.

Not much to add to the allmusic review. This album is raw – both lyrically and production wise. His raps are dense, he’s clearly an intelligent guy, switching topics quickly; a tactic which rewards repeat listens. Something about his delivery reminds me of Wutang, a rare quality. The production works well and I’m not mad at the super-hero interludes.

A true classic.

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https://www.discogs.com/MF-Doom-Operation-Doomsday/release/213193

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Emperor Penguin – Extreme Gaming

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Indie guitar/drums/keys trio makes record to mimic found sound sample album.

Thoughts
I’d skip this album and go for their other two,songs feel less finished then the debut. Beats are laid down just kinda hang without real direction, repeating until the tracks end. Gone are the funky keys solos that made their first album so engaging. OK as background listening but for what?

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Extreme-Gaming/release/153812

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Emperor Penguin – Shatter The Illusion Of Integrity, Yeah

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

A band performing the format of an instrumental sample driven hip hop record. Styles range from funk to hip hop to rock

Thoughts

This is an interesting take on the usually tiresome instrumental beat album. At its best songs are gfunk funky and successfully creates a hazy stoner dusty rich sample atmosphere.

Reminds me of the beta band 3 ep’s at times, that’s a mighty compliment.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Shatter-The-Illusion-Of-Integrity-Yeah/release/155404

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Labradford – E Luxo So

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Post rock

Thoughts

Sparse, slow and boring.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Labradford-E-Luxo-So/release/18227

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