Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

alt pop with a production style that borrows from trip hop

Moods

Abstract introspection

Thoughts

This got a lot of play from me. I really enjoy the personalness of this album, feels like you're getting very close to neneh. Instrumentation seems to consist of a small band with piano and percussion (xylophone, maracas, marimba) featuring on a number of tracks. Trip hop, especially the ones that feature del naja, with dark electronics in certain places.

Tracks like synchronised devotion and poem daddy really contribute to the personal vibe with their slow poetic confessional delivery. She's at her best when she's really swinging for it with currents of trip hop like long and deep vein.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Neneh-Cherry-Broken-Politics/release/12672312

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Tricky – Pre-Millennium Tension

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?
Dense rap and spoken word over dark trip hop rock

Moods

True to the name, this is art that captures a disillusionment and fear

Thoughts
A fantastic record that succeeds in creating the atmosphere it sets out to create. The sampling is top notch and on par with the greats of the era. The lyrical delivery can feel dated but i need to spend more time with the album to see if it resonates.

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https://www.discogs.com/Tricky-Pre-Millennium-Tension/release/92866

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
DJ koze’s undeniable house – quizzical hip hop beats meet German techno.

Thoughts
As much as I want to call every Koze release essential (seriously kozela thank you for the music) I think he’s at his best as a remixer. This album has some great peaks ( baby, planet hase, pick up) and the rest is solid. But Koze has operated at a master level that isn’t necessarily shown here. I do like the g-funk flourishes on the opener and Jesus. Great album, sunny drunk.

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https://www.discogs.com/DJ-Koze-Knock-Knock/release/11954934

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Emperor Penguin – Mysterious Pony

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A record made by a band as if it’s collected from a bunch of older sampled vinyl.

Thoughts
Starts off with a good energy, drumlines a bit more aggressive and the additional layers now encompass not just keys and guitar but strings, flute, xylophone.

Love the dre interlude on burnt sienna! And Stanley Clarke on Playful elements like that make this feel much more well crafted and like a well thought out effort from a band.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Emperor-Penguin-Mysterious-Pony/release/31019

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Dubphonic – Relight

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Trip hop

Thoughts

Mediocre trip hop, nothing I felt I needed to hear again.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Dubphonic-Relight/release/2059645

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