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

 

Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Funky modern jazz trio with rock chops

Moods
Couldn’t get into Snarkypuppy so I saw the vels trio instead

Thoughts
Damn this is a tight group. Add vels trio onto the list of recent good modern jazz releases. Has just the right amount of funky keys and rock chops to keep the songwriting engaging.

This feels like a great release to get a friend into jazz as it’s got enough groove for anyone to hook into.

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https://www.discogs.com/Vels-Trio-Yellow-Ochre-/release/10484847

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Rating: 3 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

 

Kamasi Washington – Harmony Of Difference

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
A contemporary and melodic take on a big jazz band

Moods
Classy evening at Zinc bar

Thoughts
A lovely ep with great playing by Kamasi and his band. Compared to other Kamasi releases songs are more chilled out and run shorter. I appreciate the flow with songs merging into each other.

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https://www.discogs.com/Kamasi-Washington-Harmony-Of-Difference/release/10756796

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Dawn People – The Star Is Your Future

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Instrumental sample / synth based electro with influence from early Beck or The Avalanches.

Moods
Energetic studio adventures

Thoughts
An album of ideas rather than songs exploring rich instrumental productions. I liked the general approach just felt it would have benefited from polishing and structure.

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https://www.discogs.com/Dawn-People-The-Star-Is-Your-Future/release/11221994

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

System Olympia – Dusk & Dreamland EP

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Modern electro synth stuff

Moods
Wanna be hip and obscure

Thoughts
A number of different ideas that didn’t click with me

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https://www.discogs.com/System-Olympia-Dusk-Dreamland-EP/release/9707999

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Folamour – Umami

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Fun house with a positive vibe and featuring classic r&b samples

Moods

Hip DJ at a trendy lounge

Thoughts
I like this. Obvious samples like ‘get into the party’ integrate well with his brand of house. I could picture this as background music at a hip party.

I prefer the instrumental and more rhythmic ‘look at me or I’ll steal your eyes’ utilizing a rich drumline that reminds me of an accessible moodymann.

Planning to check out more by this dude.

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https://www.discogs.com/Folamour-Umami/release/12416120

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Heathered Pearls – Detroit, MI 1997-2001

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Minimal Detroit techno

Moods
Night driving

Thoughts
Pretty OK for Detroit techno. The album closer, The Packard Plant, is the standout track.

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https://www.discogs.com/Heathered-Pearls-Detroit-MI-1997-2001/release/11313213

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Injury Reserve – Drive It Like It’s Stolen

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Aggressive bo1da beats with j 5 raps

Thoughts
While I like the production the emcees just weren’t up to par in my book.

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https://www.discogs.com/Injury-Reserve-Drive-It-Like-Its-Stolen/release/10929805

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Huncho Jack – Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
A super group of ATL stutter trap style.

Moods
Braggadocio

Thoughts
I say super group but that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily getting the best work from these guys. Kind of like when the all-star teams play each other in sports: sick lineup but mediocre outing.

Some great singles here (production on ‘Dubai shit’ is a+) but lots of fat, can only take so much of the style.

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https://www.discogs.com/Huncho-Jack-Huncho-Jack-Jack-Huncho/release/11315367

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Rating: 2 out of 5