Crackazat – Rainbow Fantasia

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Sexy electro

Moods

Cheesy modern hotel bar

Thoughts

Aside from midnight in sector seven I found this to be bland. Seemed too buttoned-up and overly polished.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Crackazat-Rainbow-Fantasia/release/11103373

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK4Slc-uSZ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eGeqsOBv4w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLMmbQ8_oYQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUGvJkZEDZ0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czXi-Lctnuo

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

easyFun – Deep Trouble

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

PC Music (ultra pop, borderline satire)

Moods

Candy coated

Thoughts

A watered down PC Music release.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/easyFun-Deep-Trouble/release/6703661

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWGXZI6LC5Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgf7cUHiCj8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBHJ0XGZfLs

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Efdemin – Naïf

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

A variety of minimal electro ranging from accessible club to thumping industrial with a few experimental noise tracks thrown in for good measure

Moods

Berghain

Thoughts

Apparently this is a mix and I heard the unmixed version on Spotify so I'm totally misinformed in reviewing this. Anyhow, good minimal. The later third, starting with a track by Tobias, opens into more aggressive Berlin techno that capture the Berghain mood well. The rest were mediocre open-ended cuts that never build to anything but perhaps would take on a different meaning if mixed.

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https://www.discogs.com/Efdemin-Na%C3%AFf/release/11966047

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

AZ – Doe Or Die

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Golden age queensbridge

Moods
NY State of mind

Thoughts
I consider this a companion piece to early Nas, stylistically it’s cut from the same cloth; when Nas guests on ‘gimme yours’ and ‘homicide’ it’s clear they’ve got history.

Ultimately I find this to be an uneven listen, AZ feels like a bootleg Nas and the creative vision isn’t as clear as Nas’ early classics. Does have it’s quality moments with ‘Sugar Hill’ and the title track featuring a hot and hazy funk.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/AZ-Doe-Or-Die/release/8887261

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

High-Klassified – Kanvaz

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Electro hip hop

Moods

Big Boomy

Thoughts
Meh, nothing very interesting here.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/High-Klassified-Kanvaz/release/11953128

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Pop balanced with dramatic string arrangements. Production is very French and feels like a mature Justice meets Sebastian night driving.

Moods
Feeling like a French movie star in a cemetery on an overcast day.

Thoughts
There’s something distinctly French about this album. I really want to like this, and do enjoy the texture and overall vision she’s crafting. I think a lot of that is due to Sebastian’s production which has matured quite a bit since the days of Ed Banger. It’s as if someone watered down Air’s ‘cherry blossom girl’ and added pop focused songwriting.

There’s a few great tracks. ‘Sylvia says’ features big production and personal memorable lyrics. Love the instrumentation that closes the album on ‘les oxalis’, wish that could’ve been expanded upon.

Overall felt it a little dense and serious, stylistically great but the songwriting was lacking in memorableness.

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https://www.discogs.com/Charlotte-Gainsbourg-Rest/release/11204819

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Popcaan – Forever

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Chilled out dancehall

Moods
Nighttime in the Caribbean

Thoughts
I like Popcaan’s overall style as well the productions here, I just wish this was hookier. His calm and slow approach takes some of the fun, carefreeness out of dancehall. Definitely some good tracks to be found but they are too far between a bunch of filler on this overly long album.

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https://www.discogs.com/Popcaan-Forever/release/12304688

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Galaxie 500 – Today

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Guitar driven pop rock

Moods
Overly sophisticated college kid

Thoughts
Textbook college rock, not my thing. Dragged and lacked energy.

The one exception is ‘Don’t let our youth go to waste’, classic track.

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https://www.discogs.com/Galaxie-500-Today/release/671150

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Rival Consoles – Persona

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Energetic electro

Moods
Rather be listening to another rival consoles album

Thoughts
Not crazy about this release. The first two Rival Console albums had a distinct intensity to them that is missing here. Instead this album favors more melodic moments that doesn’t land as well.

I do like the brief pair of calm instrumental tracks, in kind and the album closer. Introspective in tone they featured a meandering keyboard solo over some hissy electro beat. Hope there’s more of this somewhere.

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https://www.discogs.com/Rival-Consoles-Persona/release/11887899

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Hunee – Hunchin’ All Night

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
New age / world into clubier house tracks

Moods
Obscure for the sake of being obscure

Thoughts
The 80s world pop on the first few songs is OK but things take a decidedly more interesting turn with ‘ritual of love’ where the house vibe is gradually turned up behind a vocal rambling. This transitions into Larry Heard’s burning 4 love, a fantastic house track. Things finish off OK, better than side 1 at least, but overall not anything I feel the need to revisit.

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https://www.discogs.com/Hunee-Hunchin-All-Night/release/11839108

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Rating: 2 out of 5