Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

polished and well produced electro pop. Has a seriousness and rock aspect to it, an approach like downtempo.

Moods

Sounds like a show for 30 somethings thrown by Spotify and Stella Artois at a 'loft space’ with visible air ducts

Thoughts

The album takes a bit of time to get going but I like it. At times it feels generic and overly polished but tracks are rich and varied enough thanks to the great guests (Holly walker's vocals adding the most).

They seem like they'd be fun live. Just the right amount of positive energy while still maintaining an open jam feel. Reminds me of thievery corporation.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Maribou-State-Kingdoms-In-Colour/release/12448883

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT78T4jcMsI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtvvdtzk4dw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwujOBXy1Fo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyX3EWdtbmA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAgJG6yJ5U8

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Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour

Description: Album Review of Maribou State – Kingdoms In Colour


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

J. Balvin – Vibras

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Classy reggaeton

Moods

👏👏

Thoughts

First I've heard this dude, like what I'm hearing and see a lot of potential in this style. Guess it's kind of similar to r&b/rap or some other global hybrid that's become the recent trend. Anyways it works: good upbeat energy with that classic reggaeton bump keeping it alive. What separates this from the corny bodega beat is solid production that gives this a sleek sexy modern appeal. Tracks are better towards the beginning but it works overall. Suggested for fans of global pop.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/J-Balvin-Vibras/release/12615542

Listen!

Youtube

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJ6LuUFpMo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzgw0XldTC0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTs1RFjWidU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zn4dAuZ2RU

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J. Balvin – Vibras

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Prince – Piano & A Microphone 1983

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

Sounds like?

Prince singing while playing the piano

Moods

An intimate session with the purple one

Thoughts

An interesting artifact that I think all Prince fans should hear once. Here we have a sketchbook like view of Prince's songwriting process (Purple rain, for instance, is just a brief thought in this session. It would be fleshed out months later). Intimacy is immediately established given the stripped down nature of this recording: gone are the sequenced to perfection drum machines and synths that would obscure him at times. It's as if you're hearing him with his guard is down and the beauty of his songwriting takes center stage.

While Prince's multi instrumentation ability is common knowledge here we learn he's a fantastic piano player, effortlessly toying with melody.

I see, feel and understand his soulful approach to music better after listening to this. Not because of the final product but the heart that goes into it.

Essential listening and gem in his esteemed catalog.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Prince-Piano-A-Microphone-1983/release/12548164

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5-HEBGPzFM

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Maka, Durkin – Waterproof

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

White boy modern r&b, young thug

Moods

Fake hipster

Thoughts

I sorta like this, it's carefree fun; maybe need a drink with it. The sound feels superfluous, like they're trying to capitalize on a trendy vibe rather than a true inspiration. It reminds me of that vampire weekend side project 'discovery’ but not as good.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Maka-9-Durkin-Waterproof/release/12555469

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

electro hip hop with an 80s light funk vibe

Moods

Vaporwave sunset

Thoughts

Pretty good for a background listen. Short and sweet with flirtations of vaporwave.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Fitz-Ambroe-Submerse-Villa-Rosa/release/11979710

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqePdh9r0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0_4Mqvk9fk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPv4JXG3QWE

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

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

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Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

Description: Album Review of Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Bluestaeb – Everything Is Always a Process

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Hip hop beats with a backbone of 80s gfunk

Moods

Cali cool

Thoughts

Modern and slick production with just the right amount of vocals mixed in. Couple notes on tracks:

Left and right being a better track. Goes into a light r&b thing at times.

Hot shit is a bit forced, taking the original and scrubbing it if it's rawness.

Mind control is ok

While the album is uneven and boring at times I like it overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bluestaeb-Everything-Is-Always-a-Process/release/12135628

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3kqctM9lQ

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Bluestaeb – Everything Is Always a Process

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Szun Waves – New Hymn To Freedom

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Modern atmospheric jazz rock with electronic textures

Moods

Live at pompeii for spiritual robots

Thoughts

A modern spiritual jazz-rock record. Effective  use of synths modernizes things and adds an interesting texture. Perhaps the only true rock element is the percussion which feels like it keeps things moving forward in rock fashion.  Couple of highlights:

Fall into water- spacey and patient.

High szun maybe a bit more rock oriented. Certain tension is maintained with a noisy keyboard layer. Works while patient solos build around it.

Quite enjoyed this release.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Szun-Waves-New-Hymn-To-Freedom/release/12494167

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAO60apkxEo

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdaHQESTu4U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R12-Qn4g72Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txraa21q8FQ

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Szun Waves – New Hymn To Freedom

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

700 Bliss – Spa 700

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Experimental middle eastern based electronic music with spoken word raps

Moods

Bandcamp experimental

Thoughts

Ring the alarm is damn good. The rest has a militant vibe I couldn't really get into, didn't really fit the Spacey future bass electro production.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/700-Bliss-Spa-700/release/12072616

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRU9UWGKys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De9WWPYy1Wo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3b677kvS0g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvTAmiZY9ZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhpJ5ILMRzc

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Mandar – String Theory

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Whatever electro

Moods

Filler

Thoughts

It's fine electro but not really feeling it overall. ‘Poison words’ is a bit better but not much happening here.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Mandar-String-Theory/release/12001410

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svScti6R3lQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzeFE3GfXnY

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Mandar – String Theory

Description: Album Review of Mandar – String Theory


Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Ross From Friends – Family Portrait

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Lofi house is a fitting genre name

Moods

Refreshingly original small club

Thoughts

Digging this, had it on repeat straight off the bat. I've seen his name a lot recently so I think he's pretty hyped. Serves as a good middle ground between John talabot and stone's throw though the second half tapers off in quality.

It's a brainfeeder release – all their stuff is worth checking out.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Ross-From-Friends-Family-Portrait/release/12324548

Listen!

Youtube

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iFxeDKwdNs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFhOJKzd5X4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7G3-Uu3OsI

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

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Ross From Friends – Family Portrait

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Rating: 3 out of 5