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80
Spectrum Culture

Disco! finds MIKE in an uncertain position in his development as an artist, yet his technical ability and dogged perseverance combine to create something worthwhile.

80
Pitchfork
MIKE’s place in the vanguard of New York underground rap has invigorated him. It would be a stretch to call this album happy, but the atmosphere is undeniably warmer and more hopeful.
80
FLOOD Magazine

On occasion, the repeat-button aesthetic gets tired ... but its failings are few and minor, and in the end, Disco! is as catchy and daring as it is unique; all the more sumptuous for its joyful abstraction as it is its gleeful contagion.

78
HipHopDX

When the listener allows MIKE to conduct his symphony of introspection, the album reveals itself to be a treasure trove of compassionate nihilism and a definitive body of work by one of rap’s most understated lyricists.

gopxity
83
I honestly enjoyed this much more than I was expecting. Something about the laid back production and MIKE's relentless flows works so well on this record. It feels like he can find the pockets in a beat so effortlessly. Definitely going to be going back to this one quite a bit throughout the year.

Favorite tracks: Evil Eye, alarmed!, Center City, Aww (Zaza), Babyvillain, at first sight, Frogville, World Market, Crystal Ball, tailwind, Airdrop
Least favorite: -
opinionofnobody
90
Hands down one of the most surprisingly solid releases (so far) this year. I love the sample work, MIKE's effortless flow and such genuine & heartfelt storytelling.
DCCXX
45
MIKE's music has always been disorienting, multi-layered and often compositionally abrasive. However, I think he finally hit a respectable stride with weight of the world last year, where the production quirks of the sLUms Collective coalesced perfectly with MIKE's deadpan vocal delivery. While some were quick to criticise it as lazy and riding on the coattails of Earl Sweatshirt (a sentiment that couldn't be further from reality), it represented a turning point for abstract hip-hop, and most ... read more
landlalt
79
mike you can't just do this i still got a year-end list to do
SebastiaanR
75
Although MIKE doesn't reinvent himself on Disco!, it is a worthy addition to his extensive catalogue and highly enjoyable mainly due to its hypnotising flows and fuzzy soul samples.
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Added on: April 13, 2021