Future Brown

Future Brown - Future Brown
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2015 Ratings: #571 / 925
User Score
Based on 24 ratings
February 24, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warp / Label
UK Bass / Genres
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The 405
While their debut may not present the immersive experience offered on recent projects by fellow Warp artists Flying Lotus, Clark, Rustie and even Eno/Hyde ... it doesn't cut corners or dumb down any of its vocal talent, which is certainly a tall order for such a project.
Rolling Stone
This timely set from four style-hungry producers recalls Elliott's turn-of-the-century heyday, with post-national street beats and an army of fresh MCs and singers. It feels like a genuine next-generation moment.
On the collective's self-titled debut, Future Brown successfully spotlight this myriad of influences over 11 tracks of futuristic musical hybridity.
Melding genres are one thing, but celebrating them is another thing entirely, and Future Brown succeeds in achieving their goal of a carefully wound declaration of musical independence.

Snip a few of the duds and maybe Future Brown would be one of the most consistently interesting and understandably weird debuts of the year.

Resident Advisor
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu and J. Cush have delivered a surprisingly solid record with a global outlook and more than a few surprises up its sleeve.
If the project’s sense of purpose seems a bit scattershot on paper—it’s about everything and nothing, partying and post-postmodernism, global street music and the New York art world, commodity fetishism and basketball—that ambiguity is even more apparent in sound.
Tiny Mix Tapes
Despite their name and prevalent use of sonic histories from many of the world’s coolest cities, Future Brown’s self-titled debut is not a work that progresses these sounds into utopian futures, dystopian futures, or really any future.
Pretty Much Amazing
The issue is in direction, and the real issue is that there doesn’t seem to be any.
The mere thought of a project with this wide a scope is tantalizing, but the results are stilted and clinical more frequently than they are energizing.
A debut that really doesn't live up to the expectations, nor to the power of the names involved. What many expected to be a genre-bending project ended up turning into a would-be mainstream collection of songs that goes from latin-music to hip-hop to cheap dance music that despite its high pop appeal, doesn't impress.
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Track List

  1. Room 302 (feat. Tink)
  2. Talkin Bandz (feat. Shawnna and DJ Victoriouz)
  3. Big Homie (feat. Sicko Mobb)
  4. No Apology (feat. Timberlee)
  5. Vernáculo (feat. Maluca)
  6. Dangerzone (feat. Kelela and Ian Isiah)
  7. Speng (feat. Riko Dan)
  8. Killing Time (feat. Johnny May Cash, YB and King Rell)
  9. MVP (feat. 3D Na'Tee and Tim Vocals)
  10. Asbestos (feat. Roachee, Prince Rapid and Dirty Danger)
  11. Wanna Party (feat. Tink)
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