Aug 16, 2016
100
operation: doomsday shows doom at his most comfortable, enigmatic, hungry, and capable. the record ends up being a dizzying display of doom's intricate and highly stimulating lyrical abilities, but it never overshadows the smooth, bouncing 90's boom bap production. a gold standard in the new decade of hip-hop, a showcase of how great the art form can be.

best tracks: doomsday / hey! / tick, tick
Aug 16, 2016
100
the beauty of boris at last - feedbacker is how gracefully it shatters all preconceptions about the genres it dabbles in. listeners who hate metal will be immersed in how multi-faceted the instrumentation is. those who despise metal will appreciate how it never settles into redundancy. and everyone can get behind the incredible musicianship takeshi, atsuo, & wata bring. one of the greatest albums to ever take advantage of the fact that a record can be an experience.

best tracks: ... read more
Aug 16, 2016
100
on "an when" orlando, fl-born brothers andy and edwin white create something so grand & beautiful that shrugs off its own grandeur at the same time. the casualness and freedom showcased while shredding through tectonic, soupy guitar riffs and lush, majestic walls of noise is incredible. every individual track has its own complex personality, leaving more and more details to be discovered with each listen. and that's just production wise. whatever message or feeling an when evokes ... read more
Aug 3, 2016
40
flat, uninspired vocals. stale instrumentation. if a nice, catchy melody rears it's head for a moment, not to worry! it'll be drowned out in a wave of reverb in no time. didn't know they made music so horrendously boring. fit for soundtracking an urban outfitters shopping spree, and that's about it.

best track: glow
Aug 3, 2016
70
the instrumentation is odd enough to keep your attention, but the sound is cozy and makes for a tasteful nostalgia-laced callback to lou reed's quieter moments. of course, this does mean thought rock fish scale stands to be far more interesting than it actually is.

best tracks: mixer / stargazer / roll it
Aug 3, 2016
90
ulrika spacek take the modern psych of the smoking trees & yak, and successfully mesh it with the wild, disoriented rock / raga formats of bands like can and donovan. the result is something beautifully expansive, richly textured, and engaging in ways few records are. the album paranoia is absolutely hypnotic, yet it never fails to maintain your attention. it will stand as one of the greatest cornerstones of the modern psych-revival scene.

best tracks: i don't know / ultra vivid / porcelain
Aug 3, 2016
65
saul's wordplay is the real spectacle here, and it really holds a strong sense of self-worth and urgency. but the production is way too soft to call it an industrial record.

best tracks: down for some ignorance / no different
Aug 3, 2016
65
the musicianship on this thing is a1, but there's very little to explore because all the compositions are way too similar. still a resounding piece of metal.

best tracks: voidswpan, the voices from beneath the well
Aug 3, 2016
50
a nice collection of dungeon rap instrumentals from dean blunt, but the first half of the lp is really drab, and the sounds in the forefront aren't cavernous enough for the beats. second half is much better. way darker and expansive, but it still isn't enough to save it from mediocrity.

best tracks: deeper, millennial rain
Aug 3, 2016
45
any scrap of enjoyability that can be acquired deserves the credit of carmello, mad max, and co. the production is quite rich and full, but everything else is way to boring to have any revisit value.

best track: time for that
Aug 3, 2016
80
really immersive and atmospheric lo-fi trip-hop. sounds like j-dilla through the lens of gonjasufi. a real feat how paul hares keeps things interesting over 40 minutes. the instrumentation could've been switched up more frequently however.

best tracks: the two of 'em
Jul 12, 2016
60
a somewhat valiant effort from rihanna to produce a more creatively ambitious album, but a lot of these songs feel like pure condensed filler, or really try-hard for that. when she hits her artistic highs however, her ability shines through the layers of mediocrity, and even primal at times. still, would've been way better as like a 5 track ep.

best tracks: yeah, i said it / needed me
Jul 12, 2016
45
i am almost impressed by how boring and uninspired this ep sounds. it's just way too (sorry) incredibly 2 dimensional and format-orinted to find a spot among massive attack's more abrasive and egnimatic releases. frustratingly simple, but some cool features, i guess.

best track: dead editors [ft. roots manuva]
Jul 12, 2016
80
a mad nice extension of the sound explored on slaughterhouse, emotional mugger sees segall returning to his most intriguing talents, namely his ability to turn massive, grimey waves of lo-fi punk and garage into sweet melodies. a great addition to his discography.

best tracks: the magazine / emotional mugger (leopard priestesses) / squealer two
Jul 12, 2016*
65
while the proposition of legendary experimentalists converging to mesh each others talents is great in promise, like most supergroup records, melt falls disappointingly short of it's potential. at its best it's a really schizophrenic record (especially in regards to the way the distortion compliments the percussion, which ends up being the backbone of the whole record), chock-full of electrifying noise rock and sheer free jazz intensity. however, the record quickly establishes that it won't ... read more
Jul 12, 2016
45
a really depressing album in that the more you listen to it, it deteriorates rapidly. less and less holds it up with each spin, and it often comes across as pretentious or tiresome. that being said, some of the softer, more subdued cuts on 32 provide a nice atmosphere.

best track: un lapiz y un folio
Jul 12, 2016
80
really nice, smooth deep house-esuqe compositions that manages to fill the cavernous spaces that alex smoke creates for them. every track manages to stand out from the others, each sporting some highly engaging focal point (gltch-hop, mircohouse, post-classical) to draw the listener deeper into the album.

best tracks: all my atoms / fair is foul / fall out
Jul 12, 2016
65
a few intriguing ideas tossed about on jewels of crime, but ultimately, the richly textured production and off-kilter post-rockish instrumentation isn't enough to save it from being pretty forgettable.

best tracks: human vs human / let it fade
Jul 12, 2016
65
while malibu is ultimately a hit & mess, the focus and creative vision cannot be disregarded. strong features, nicely balanced harmonies and smooth, laid-back deliveries ensure an enjoyable neo-soul, funk record. the only problem is the forced genre-meshing and the fact that the tracklist could've been cleaned up quite a bit.

best tracks: the bird / the waters [ft. bj the chicago kid]
Jul 12, 2016
65
i generally tend to not really enjoy that "mirage" subgenre of ambient, but this dagir du project builds upon the idea with a really creative execution, keeping things shimmering and rapturous while still remaining grounded. uriel wavv really doesn't have any pull factors to make you come back to it again, however.

best tracks: freigght / graviti woe
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