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Old 01-28-2019, 08:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Superstar Quamallah - Invisible Man (2009)

Brooklyn MC and son of soul musician John Patton, Quamallah (John Jr.) did some real obscure stuff in the mid-late 2000's, with '09's Invisible Man being his most 'prolific' work to date. Quamallah isn't exactly the best lyricist on the planet (not Substantial levels of cringe but they're on the same wavelength), and his egotistical boasting, a standard of most entry-level rappers, is almost entirely unbelievable. He's clearly a soft-spoken nerd, almost Gift of Gab-ish but without being a ball-busting wordsmith. Sans most of his performance, there's some good production jobs on this thing. Very jazz-oriented (if Quamallah clutching brass on the cover didn't give that away), with 'Black Shakespeare', 'Just Listen' and 'California Dreaming' just being a few highlights. The production alone carries Quamallah and turns what would otherwise be a really dull record into something that ain't half bad.

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Old 01-28-2019, 10:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Gelba Thrupp - giveawav (2019)

In 1999, famed Irish producer and renowned 'father' of IDM Aphex Twin conducted an interesting experiment in the form of the song 'Nannou', which would occupy the B-side for his acclaimed 'Windowlicker' single. Nannou was about as minimalist as Aphex Twin got, as it was for all intent and purposes an IDM track constructed entirely out of music box samples. No bombastic production, no speedy Amen breaks, just the melodic clicking of what seemed like 10 music boxes cranking out the craziest chimes you've ever done seen.

I think that giveawav, this entire 4-track album, is somewhat similar to 'Nannou', although presented quite differently. For one, it's far more focused on very anxious glitch than any sort of cohesive melody. Secondly, it utilizes a far more minimalist set of tones, which sound more akin to Windows error alerts than anything from convention. They almost resemble the 2009 'album' by Tristan Perich, 1-Bit Music, as these super minuscule sounds dart back in forth in and out of your peripheral. It's a tense car chase through a bite-sized nightmare that fits perfectly in your pocket.

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Old 01-29-2019, 07:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Goldgazer - Wonder Valley (2019)

"Wonder Valley is inspired by the long drives through the Mojave Desert starting near the Searchlight, Nevada and California border along the dead highways of Route 66/National Trails Highway all the way to the town limits of Joshua Tree, California. The vast desert represents the stark aura of desolation mixed with serenity alongside a backdrop of rugged sand hills and yucca trees. When the sun sets, golden glows of orange, pink, and red set a magical hue upon the skies of these desert landscapes.

Along the drive, the unincorporated community of Wonder Valley, California is passed through. The first sparsely populated area that is found after hundreds of miles of arid landscapes and decaying ghost towns. The small community consists of desert homesteads, a bar, and a church. Along with the remains of abandoned desert cabins and structures that further add to the aura of decay and mystique of these lands. The town now currently finds itself becoming utilized by artists of many kinds as an artistic getaway. A place where one may regain artistic rejuvenation from the bustling metropolis' nearby."




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Ween - White Pepper (2000)

I'd take a gander and say this is Ween's best album. Ironically released on the cusp of a new generation, White Pepper confidently revives 70's pop rock tropes along with a smattering of 60's psych pop under a loose guise of satire (in typical Ween fashion). It's almost like if 10cc were able to produce a great record in the modern age, and seeing as that's feasibly impossible, this'll have to suffice. Oh does it suffice.

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I always thought that Godweensatan was their magnum opus since it really captured the true Ween spirit. I'd have to go through their discography again to have a serious stance on it now though.
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They're two very different records. Also I haven't heard Quebec so for all I know it could be better.
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For Life Records - Kyoto Jazz Massive (1994)

Not to be confused with the jazz duo of the same name, who didn't emerge until at least 5 years after this album, Kyoto Jazz Massive is an acid jazz compilation released by Tokyo-based label For Life in 1994. It has a few big names on it, most notably DJ Krush and Mondo Grosso, but also contains a few neat nobodies like Hajime Yoshizawa. It's nothing mindblowing but it is does give interesting insight into 90's club jazz in Nippon.

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A (partially assembled) playlist of the album. Missing tracks 1, 9 and 10.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...DSatKSg1GHdBM5
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Sorry, I had to remove that cover.
Its not me being my usual fascist self, it's because we had complaints from Google and the owners are really touchy about nudity.
It goes without saying that this is some dumb prudish bull****.
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I'm glad Google's keeping up with my journal, at least.
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