Kalabrese – Independent Dancer

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Groove based 'fun’ electro

Moods

A ode to the joy of being lost in life

Thoughts

Hard not to dig a kalabrese release, his tracks are all bursting with love of the craft. Above all else this album maintains a constant groove with lots of interesting production flourishes and bursts of instrumentation that keep these extended cuts engaging.

Lyrically he sings like a wanderlust euro, not the most articulate but he makes up for it in his genuineness. The addition of other vocalists is a welcome dimension. It's an album with moments of greatness but also suffers from an uneven side 2 that felt scattered.

Worth a listen for sure.

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https://www.discogs.com/Kalabrese-Independent-Dancer/release/4420013

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Rating: 3 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

 

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

 

Material – Secret Life

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
80s punky jam art rock

Thoughts
Interesting and full of energy, slightly abrasive at times which gives it a nice edge. Sounds like a number of things from the era but manages to carve a distinct sound. Little in the way of structure, seems a whole bunch of noodling thrown at basic hi hat rushes and bass lines, at times flea funky or punky.

Not a perfect album, the later tracks aren’t as strong, this is still an interesting predecessor to modern dance punk like LCD Soundsystem. Draws from 80s talking heads at their most stoned.

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https://www.discogs.com/Material-Secret-Life/release/152653

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Deetron – DJ-Kicks

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Energetic house mix

Thoughts

A dynamic mix that builds in intensity. This is decidedly modern house but incorporates a number of styles and takes large influence from 90s golden age. The later half isn’t quite as good, track selection trades sexy for energy that I don’t particularly like. Ends with a perfect pair. I think this would play well with mature fans looking for something fresh.

My one complaint is he hops between styles and songs too frequently, never really settling on anything for longer than a minute. At times this is fun but I do wish some songs would’ve been stretched out more.

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https://www.discogs.com/Deetron-DJ-Kicks/release/11684630

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Roy Ayers signature funk jazz constructed with pop/r&b vocalists.

Thoughts

I’m not intimately familiar with his catalog but this veers to the lighter side as an r&b album. I found the singers lacking in personality but roys funk is in full effect. I like the instrumental tracks like green and gold featuring a solo vibraphone.

Nothing special, he’s got better stuff.

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https://www.discogs.com/Roy-Ayers-Virgin-Ubiquity-Unreleased-Recordings-1976-1981/release/245053

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Patrice Rushen – Now

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

80’s Low-key funk / r&b.

Thoughts

Show’s it’s age at times but this is top notch songwriting, has a chill purple-one vibe to the tracks at time. This is the first album I listened to of hers but the songs are generally sparse: synth, drum machine, bass, lyrics. She’s super effective with the synths creating spacey soundscapes or jazzy solos (she’s a piano player). Lyrically she’s got a certain authenticity that penetrates the sometimes too precise instrumentation.

Mostly good but some real standouts with: feels so real, each his own, gotta find it.

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https://www.discogs.com/Patrice-Rushen-Now/release/563477

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Patrice Rushen – Straight From The Heart

⭐⭐

What’s it sound like?
80’s R&B

Thoughts
Some good tracks, forget me not is the standout here, but the album is showing its age.

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https://www.discogs.com/Patrice-Rushen-Straight-From-The-Heart/release/155330

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Greeen Linez – Izu King Street

⭐⭐⭐

Vaporwave inspired electro with a constant ‘house’ bump. This is probably their best and most accessible album so far.

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https://www.discogs.com/Greeen-Linez-Izu-King-Street/release/5999493

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