Friday, 31 July 2015

Young Guns "Ones And Zeros" (2015)

Trying to stay out of the rain at Download Festival I caught this band, one of the secret acts, on the forth stage. I was sucked in by there performance and stage presence. Upbeat, bold, energetic and poppy they certainly put on a show that at the time I knew wasn't exactly my cup of tea but I enjoyed it none the less. Young Guns are an English five-piece group who play enigmatic Alternative Rock with reverb heavy metallic tones and poppy hooks. Their sound is both generalized and accessible, as it is distinct and a tinge on the heavy side.

"Ones And Zeros" is their third full length record and as a whole a powerful, absorbing record if their dreamy, pop epic aesthetic is to your taste. In my case it very much was on the aesthetic front, however the pop hooks and overuse of "woah-oh-oh-oh" vocal inflections really killed of a lot of the enjoyment to be had. There's a lot of good tracks in here, beautiful numbers that soar and glow as epically strum instruments collide in a wash of noisy bliss. Its the poppy undercurrent that at times get under my skin. There's too many moments where the group trade in the progression for cheap hooks and breaks that really break the spell, often with the backing vocals throwing in reinforcing, distant "ah-oh-ah-oh" chants that by the end of the record are driving me mad as the last few tracks seem to ramp up there use.

If it wasn't for my dislike of these choices id be really into this record, there's a lot of the magic I saw live and the aesthetic of the instruments, their chemistry with singer Gustav's strong, velvety voice a real treat for the ears. The production is a typical flawless modern capture that gives so much space for each instrument to fill and with little technical issues to talk about its sound is fitting of the big, lofty, glistening sounds the group create. Its a shame the rely so much on the cheap thrills of trending poppy styles, but between those moments there is substance to be found.

Favorite Songs: Rising Up, Memento Mori, Lullaby, Daylight
Rating: 5/10

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Graveland "Prawo Stali" (2001)

 It was back in the early days of my minecraft adventures that I discovered this record and a little nostalgia for the game always brings back fond memories of caving adventures and building for the first time while listening to this record on repeat. Rob Darken's "Graveland" holds a formidable reputation in the Black Metal scene. Emerging out of Poland in 92, before the scene flourished with exposure and controversy in Norway, Rob has been consistent releasing records, over 20 in total, since the inception. The quality is somewhat inconsistent, but on "Prawo Stali" he strikes a nerve with a glorious and immersive record defined by its unique theme of viking warfare, paganism and mythology as well as executing some of Black Metals most standardized principles in a unique and memorable fashion.

The beauty of this record is both in its aesthetic and writing, both of which excel, creating a rich, atmospheric record of dense mystic black which rolls over the ears with fuzzy high end guitars chiming with deep horns and a buried base line. Rob's vocal's are usually a little to shrill for my ears, but on this record he gets the balance right and utilizes the wordless screams with thick, echoing reverbs that create haunting chills, amplifying the intensity as the screams cry out from under the other instruments. The drums are a tad stiff and lifeless, but they hold a solid beat for the other instruments and never make much of an attempt to gain your focus. The key here is in the chemistry between the guitars and symphonic elements which continually create the best moments and drive home the strong sense of theme this record has.

There's a warlike feel coursing through these songs, set in mythic times one can envision the glory of conquest as the symphonics gleam victorious sounds of horns blaring the signals of attack across the battle field. The drums clash and pound like the rhythm of warfare while Rob delivers his battlecrys that echo and resonate under the thunderous noise. The progressions and notation used between the guitars and horns helps glue the record together with each ten minute epic feeling right at home with one another, yet each finding their own niche and mood to carve a different setting. The albums only flaw is perhaps its production and the drumming which could of been polished better, but its always a point of debate that the lack of fidelity falls inline perfectly with the records ancient and mythic feel which does an incredible job of uniting such strong themes together under the Black Metal banner.

Favorite Song: Tyrani Okrucienstwa
Rating: 9/10

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

D'Angelo "Black Messiah" (2014)

Having heard rave reviews about this record, I decided to pick up a copy, despite R&B being a genre I've never given much time or attention. It was the fourteen year hiatus between records that intrigued me, despite that being somewhat irrelevant. With an open mind and a new found love for exploring music I gave it a try, and thoroughly enjoyed this record of which I had few points of reference for.

D'Angelo's back story is an interesting one, at a young age he received praise and acclaim for his voice which would guide him into the music business, creating two records that had monumental success before disappearing from the limelight, disillusioned by his fame and status. Fourteen years later we have "Black Messiah", an easy flowing record of laid back groove and soothing soul that ebbs and flows with D'Angelos harmonious voice swaggering sweet vocal infectious in an effortless breeze of ranges, peaks and styles.

His voice is a highlight, a point of attention, but the instrumentals are as much a part of the chemistry creating a chilled, versatile setting for funking grooves to content with a soulful counterpart. The bass bobs and weaves under claps and kicks that strike a powerful rhythm without need for force. The guitars, pianos, trumpets and occasional strings all contribute with a subtlety of force that can do so much with so little as each add quiet inflections to the groove in the moment's there not playing a lead, or directing the drama with sudden hits and strikes. It utilizes simplicity and executes it with cunning, for example a simple clap, kick and whistle groove on "The Door" with acoustic guitars accenting the vocal leads creates so much without filling all the spaces. Its not the sort of sound I'm used too, but I'm liking everything about it and this album is increasingly enjoyable with every listen.

Favorite Tracks: The Charade, Prayer, Another Life
Rating: 7/10

Monday, 27 July 2015

Wardruna "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" (2009)

"Sound of runes, the gap was yawning" is the translated title of this fogy, foreboding record by Nordic Folk group "Wardruna" who formed in 2003 with a vision of creating music and sounds to captivate Norwegian heritage, Norse Mythology and nostalgia of forgotten times through Ambient music. The group distinctively pass the mark of general musical ambiance, creating wildly vivid and transforming soundscapes that paint a dark and tribal vision of cold, unforgiving north.

The record is ripe with cultural instruments, tribal chants and enchanting vocal choirs that play over a rigid backbone of foggy, dense violin-like sounds and the deep pulse of the drum that keeps pace in the backdrop. The sound is lush, capable of igniting the imagination for tribal life and mystic mythology in the snowbound Norwegian landscapes. The detail going as far to include the sounds of birds singing, and crows squawking in the distance as the sounds grow into visions of ritualistic behavior and worship of ancient gods.

The record has a powerful, and obvious drone as the feel of one song flows into the next, the pounding drum guiding the way, never giving in to any dramatic experimentation beyond the scope. Wardruna have a clear vision thats executed exquisitely. Its strengths make it a fine record when in the right mood, in others its droning nature and rigidity leave it a little dry and uneventful, but thats clearly not the intention. Every droning moment paints the abandon of vast empty landscapes and brings us closer to our mercy of nature. With caring production capturing the charm of the instruments and cultural voices "Runaljod - Gap Var Ginnunga" throws the listener deep into a vision of the past through the eyes retrospect and romances with the times forever lost.

Rating: 7/10

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The Lox "Money, Power & Respect" (1998)

The LOX (Living Through eXperience) are an American trio from Yonkers, New York who signed to Bad Boy records in 1995. Impressed with their feature on the track "Last Day" from Biggie's "Life After Death" I decided to check their debut record out which came out the following year. It struck me as a record lost in the flood of records that made up the bling era, but one with substance and character that could stand on its own two feet and still sound great today.

Initially I was a little slow to get into this record. The production comes off as being caught between two eras. The vibes of these tracks fall in line with the styles of the late 90s where money and success was the image most rappers tried to portray, but the sampling, loops and instruments didn't have the clean cut sound and had the rawer early 90s fidelity about them. Across the 21 tracks their are a few great beats, but most of them sit a mark above average, making for a record that does little to offend, but often falls a touch short of being great. Some of the best moments come from the numbers that embrace RnB influences through calmer vibes and harmonious guest vocals that flesh out the choruses and hooks.

The trio of rappers are clearly talented, possibly the best Puff signed alongside Biggie. Each bring a distinctive tone and style but Jadakiss a mark above his counterparts Sheek Louch and Styles P. Puffy's appearance on the record was once again irritating as he makes affirmative remarks in the background of tracks, but its to be expected on Bad Boy. The album is probably a little lengthy at 70 minutes, but it personalty gets better as it progresses, moving away from success oriented, boisterous tracks in the beginning and developing uplifting vibes in the later half. It's an interesting debut that very much fits the mold of the time and comes across as a little disposable but theres some substance to be found here.

Favorite Tracks: Let's Start Rap Over, I Wanna Thank You, Can't Stop Won't Stop, All For The Love, So Right
Rating: 5/10

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Outkast "The Love Below" (2003)

"The Love Below" is Outkast's, or Andree 3000's, second half of the duo's critically acclaimed 2003 double album. The first half  "Speakerboxx" saw Big Boi hold is own on a collection of solid tracks, but this record really pushes the mark as a conceptual record which truly challenged the Hip Hop sound with soaring highs and crashing lows. Andree brings us in with a classical score fit for backing in romantic golden era cinema before throwing us into a Jazz band groove with trumpets, pianos and guitars on "Love Hater". Its a change of gears that flows effortlessly as a gentle, serene acoustic guitar strums a dreamy tune with Andree bringing in the records conceptual nature, and the goddess of loves blessings upon him. Its a memorable group of tracks to bring the record in, but this is just where it gets started.

As the album comes into its own as the instrumentals find a sublime chemistry, stretching boundaries as subtle rhythmic presences let Funk, Rock and Soul fly free of any expectations. "Spread" and "Prototype" only held to Hip Hop through muted, subdued bass and kick grooves that let live instruments play out enigmatic songs like a normal band would. The album peaks with the cracking "Hey Ya!" & "Roses", both songs laying fetching memorable lyrics over the live band setup which reaches its peak at this point. So far we have been helped to a stunning level of genius as Andree stretches the versatility of this music effortlessly, with much help from is soft and ranged vocals which peak the songs with beautiful, catchy hooks in between his energetic raps.

Unfortunately thats where the magic ends. In an almost bizarre turn around the skit "Good Day, Good Sir" brings in a second half which casts the live band aside in favor of electronic synth leads and toned down percussions that lacks all the charm of the records first half. The romantic themes of the album feel further abstracted and become more convoluted in a now nauseating rumble of musings that lack a point. The record feels done at "My Favorite Things", a Rave and Drum and Bass remix of Coltrane's classic that dispels the magic from the original with rigid drum loops that rub up against it in an uncomfortable nature. Then the album just trails off with three uninteresting tracks.

I'm not sure what to make of this record. I want to know what Andree's thoughts were on the record as a whole, as from where I'm listening from the first half is genius and the second a real stinker. Theres no doubt though that the expansive ideas that have shaped Outkast's boundary pushing direction come from Andree and on "The Love Below" we hear his ideas at there best and worst. The live band brings limitless possibilities when couple with minimalist groove oriented percussion. The synthesizer work leaves much to be desired, however executed perfectly on Speakerboxxx's "Ghetto Musick". I'll return to this one time and time again, but just for the first ten tracks.

Favorite Tracks: Spread, Prototype, Hey Ya!, Rosses
Rating: 6/10

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Outkast "Speakerboxxx" (2003)

Hip Hop duo Outkast have truely gained my love and respect, their music has moved me and they are undoubtedly this years best discovery however they are no hidden treasure, much more like a stash of gems out in the wide open. Outkast are critically acclaimed and I've been aware of them, heard a lot of them back in the early naughties and only got around to listening through there records many years later. Doing my research I learned this record to be one half of a double album, "The Love Below" the other half. Its the duo's, and one of Hip Hops biggest selling records and the back story is intriguing. With Andree 3000 following a new direction the two agreed too record solo records and package them together, as opposed to going separate their separate ways. Its been a while since I covered the last record "Stankonia" and the hesitation came from the high expectations critics set for this double record extravaganza.

Having absorbed both records I would certainly tip my hat to "Speakerboxxx" as my favorite, however I feel the concept of the two working apart is everything thats not working on both records. The album starts with "Ghetto Musick" a brilliantly eccentric fusion of Rave synthesizers, Funk and soul that feels complete with Andree featuring alongside Big Boi, complimenting his fast paced flow with zany chorus vocals and a choice sample of Patti Labelle coming together to make a solid track. Unfortunately Andree's absence is felt from this point on. Big Boi holds his own with a terrific set of songs that have quality instrumentals and raps, but each track feels like its missing a dynamic to make it spark.

To be fair, I'm too used to hearing the two bounce of one another. Theres a lot forward thinking tracks here that bring inventive Soul, Rock and Funk sounds to the Hip Hop formula creating engaging instrumentals ripe with variety and a freshness relevant to the time. Its a natural progression that Big Boi is following on his own and it works. "Unhappy", "War" and "Knowing" hold the Outkast vibe together, reminiscent of earlier sounds and overall the record flows well, with an amusing appearance from his young son on "Bamboo" which makes me chuckle each time. Its a strong record with a new take on production that showcases an array of inventive instrumentals, but it doesn't quite have the charm of the two working together, which we will hear again on Idlewild.

Favorite Songs: Ghetto Musick, Bust, Knowing, Flip Flop Rock, Last Call
Rating: 6/10

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Jan Amit "Around And Above" (2013)

After enjoying Jan's most recent release "Flowertraces" I was compelled to seek out more of the Russians discography but given the steep record price, I refrained from splashing out and completing my collection, instead I picked up this record first and it turned out to be a very different from my expectations.

"Around And Above" comes from the same universe as "Flowertraces", but is very much on a different level. Its dreary, bleak and moves at a snails pace through tracks driven by atmosphere which lack the charm or depth to engage. That may be a little harsh, but the opening tracks and others in the listening drone through pleasant, chilled, dreamy soundscapes that lack a point or direction. Its an ambiance that drifts under the listener instead of through them. A couple of tracks offered a spark of energy and engagement but most of the record I found myself awaiting the next track. I don't want to be too critical, its supposed to be on a calmer, softer level, but it crosses a personal threshold.

Despite a lack of engagement, the records aesthetic is gorgeous. A calm lull of pristine sounds that gracefully drift through the tracks like clouds on a placid day. Theres moments where the record perks up with a beat accompanied by the glitched out electronic noises that where a big characteristic of "Flowertraces". The instrument pallets used on the two records are almost identical, however the ideas behind them are very much not. Its an inoffensive record that misses the mark and the charming, dazzling aesthetics can't save from the bland and dull nature of these songs.

Favorite Songs: L'âme, Lettur But Mikill, We Believe In Humans
Rating: 3/10

Friday, 10 July 2015

The Prodigy "The Day Is My Enemy" (2015)

The Prodigy are a British trio of electronic musicians who need no introduction to residents of their native country. Here in the UK they are a household name, with big albums and singles like "Firestarter", "Breathe" and "Smack My Bitch Up" in the 90s they establishment a huge presences for themselves alongside the Brit Pop era of that time which saw a fair few musicians, bands and pop groups flourish with a wave of popularity. This album marks 25 years the three have stuck together and is only their sixth full length record, having slowed down their output since their most popular release "The Fat Of The Land". The group played a pivotal role in defining the Big Beat genre which mixes elements of Hip Hop and post-Detroit rave scene sounds like Jungle, Techno and Drum & Bass. The name clearly suits the genre which revolves around massive loops backed and reinforced by various styles of synthesizer leads and electronic sampling.

"The Day Is My Enemy" is a generous serving of vibrant, industrious, energetic songs that give their fans exactly what they want, more hard hitting breaks, hooks and jittery melodies to rave too. Beyond that their little thats expansive or experimental about this record, The Prodigy are writing sharp songs that meet the expectations of their niche. Through out the record there are hints and inklings of similarities to previous songs, which is to be expected. Overall it does an impressive job of keeping their sound fresh, with exception to "Destroy" which felt like an intentional throw back to the 90s, and one of the records best songs with its thumping bass kick, shuffling snares and pitch shifted hits creating one heck of a hook.

Production wise, their experience and knowledge shows. Theres very little to talk about beyond the stunning clarity and balancing of instruments in the mix, it makes for a lively record that gives you a feel for the live experience. The record very much suits a mood and apatite but with little to expand on what The Prodigy are known for it can feel all too familiar. With a lack of new ideas or moments that take you by surprise it leaves a desire for something new. Its strength is its rigidity and so is its weakness. The Prodigy stick to their guns and shoot to kill, but they could do with a new target. Great listen but very much scratches an itch thats been treated before.

Favorite Songs: Ibiza, Destory, Wild Frontier, Medicine, Wall Of Death
Rating: 6/10

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Arathgoth "Book Of The Night-Legends" (2014)

American musician, presumably a one man band, "Arathgoth" has undergone considerable exploration and change of its sound through the eight releases since the bands debut in late 2012. I discovered this project through Katabaz Records and have followed it closely waiting for a record that clicked with me. In its inception the sound was a gloomy, minimalist rendition of eerie ambience's, sound scape's and Dungeon Synth that was slowly evolving before varied experimentation on "Interplanetary Travel" that led the sound towards the familiar territory of Black Metal, which is what caught my attention on Legends. I was thrown back to the time when I was exploring that world and loving the places the music could take you, it gave me a taste of that wonder again.

With its opening tracks the record establishes a settled sound that defies feeling closely linked to a particular band or style within Black Metal. Encompassing a lot of influences, techniques and familiarities the songs make for easy, traditional listening with an air of quality to draw one into its subtleties which gave it edge. Buried keys and airy synthesizers blur the guitar distortions into deep, colorful persuasions which come to life in the breakout moments that utilize rock steady drumming. The tone is dark, foreboding, atmospheric and the themes of witchery, vampire-ism and dragons bring to life an evil dimension. The record quickly steers its direction away from the black with Dungeon Synth taking over the tracks. It splits the record in half and spoils the initial attractions progression and what felt like an interlude further devolves into ambient numbers which could certainly entertain had the context not been different.

The records production doesn't suffer from any of its rough edges, as is often the case with Black Metal the raw mix, occasional clashing of instruments and low fidelity just furthers the aesthetic and atmosphere. The drum machine is well constructed, disguising itself well but in faster moments the sampling becomes obvious, at times its mechanical nature it a nice touch, at others its all too commanding and dominant, but for the majority of the opening tracks it works. Its nice to hear a record that has a spark of a music Ive grown somewhat distant too in recent years, but the records change in direction was disappointing and although i can't be critical of the second half it dispelled what the album set out to do.

Favorite Tracks : Vampiric Doll, A Penance Of God, Desert Wings
Rating: 5/10 

Monday, 6 July 2015

Marilyn Manson "The Golden Age Of Grotesque" (2003)

It took me some time to get around to this record, having got into Manson's music last year I started with the classic "Trinity" of records and my research and reading into Manson's career indicated this was the record where he "fell off" and things started to change. I finally gave it a spin and instantly enjoyed it, having now thoroughly enjoyed this record I can certainly hear its weak points but am a little mystified as to why this album wasn't received well by critics. Its everything Manson is about, orchestrated like a finely tuned weapon of blasphemy aimed at the masses, covered in glossy a deceptively approachable listen.

The record kicks off with "This Is The New Shit", a song that gives you a belly full of what the albums tone and context will be. Making a mockery of trends and pop culture through defining itself as the "next thing", Manson executes a very direct approach that gets straight to the point, at times it works great and in others the lack of depth or obscurity in the lyrics does leave much to be desired. "This isn't music, and were not a band, were five middle fingers on a mother fucking hand" from "Vodevil", the records best lyric of this style, a very blunt and aggressive statement that hits hard, unfortunately these moments are just a handful.

Aesthetically the album is ripe and potent, an infectious noisy production with fantastic distortion on the guitars that feel overdriven to hell, yet have a crisp, sharp, razor blade tone that transforms some rocking riffs into full on head banging, moshing monster riffs. The guitars are not the sole focus though, theres plenty of space for them to drop out and give a range of electronic noises and drum machines to create paranoid, dark atmospheres along with bass lines that step up the tone and distortion and make themselves an important part of many of the albums tracks. The writing is catchy and heavy on the hooks which dominate the songs, so much so, many of the tracks lack a bit of variety and depth where they repeat with the same hooks.

The album flows really well, mixing up the more aggressive numbers between the peculiar, outlandish atmospheres and style this record broods in Manson's artsy moments. The song "Para-Noir" captures the records best qualities, creating a menacing atmosphere with Dita Von Tease's domineering taunts brooding and provoking a driven response from Manson as the record explodes with ever powerful guitar riffs. The album does fizzle out with a cover of "Tainted Love" I've never enjoyed, followed by a carnival of horrors track and another atmosphere driven song that doesn't excite much, the record could of ended on a high with "Vodevil" for me. Overall its a vibrant, blasphemous rock and roll record of unforgiving attitude that has some obviously flaws but Manson clearly did exactly what he set out to do with this one.

Favorite Songs: This Is The New Shit, Mobscene, (S)Aint, Slutgarden, Para-Noir, Vodevil
Rating: 7/10

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Reign Of Kindo "Play With Fire" (2013)

It's been a while since a band has immediately grabbed my attention, having me seeking out their records based on one song, but "The Reign Of Kindo" did exactly that. One of my first thoughts was pondering if there was once a time I would of turned my nose up at this. Where I've taught myself how to appreciate more varieties of music, Ive learned to hear what the artist is expressing, as opposed to what I want to hear. Kindo's aesthetic on an initial impression is poppy, classy and far from the feast of anger and aggression I'm used to. Through that aesthetic I hear a mighty and fierce musical force of expression projected with true intensity and energy that I may of once not heard.

But enough about my experience, Kindo are an American five piece band from New York who describe themselves as "Makers of music". Their rich and illustrious songs elevated by a range of studio musicians who accompany the five, giving them an arsenal of instruments and styles to pull from at any point. Kindo will be no oddity of sound, but their style truly distorts genre boundaries and expectations despite feeling so grounded and "regular". Drawing their main structural influences from Jazz Rock, Pop and Progressive Rock, the band dazzle with an array of subtle influences that creep into the various tracks, so much so you can hear inklings of Indie, Alternative, Soul, Swing, Big Band and even Latin in the layers of instrumentation that back the core group. Whats charming is how intelligent and natural the compositions are, and how much they put into a track yet leaving a big space for singer Joseph Secchiaroli's stunning, powerful voice to fill. Its a chemistry of musical perfection, delivered with a timeless pop sensibility.

The record is a solid one, variety, flow and consistency run from start to end (almost), yet the group set a very high bar with the ferocious opener "The Hero, The Saint, The Tyrant, & The Terrorist", delivering the albums best riffs, moments, build up and exquisite vocal hooks. The rest of the record doesn't quite reach the same intensity but their is plenty to enjoy and a few calmer numbers that personally I don't think catch the same spirit and charm as the upbeat songs. The production is fantastic, so much so I had at no point given a single thought to it, every instrument is audible, balanced and mixed to give and easy listening experience that carriers a lot of weight.

The final three tracks fizzle out a little for me, "Romancing A Stranger" making a meal of an obvious infatuation and "I Hate Music", really good instrumentally but lyrically it made be wince a little, I feel its pointless to make broad sweeping judgments on pop culture and whats played on the radio. The frank and blunt lyrical delivery just furthered the lack of connection to the point of view. Great record, the band have huge potential and I look forward to hearing their next release!

Favorite Songs: The Hero, The Saint, The Tyrant, & The Terrorist, Sing When No One's Around, Feeling In The Night, Sunshine
Rating: 7/10

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Diabetic Sandwich "MunchieZ" (2015)

This short three track record is a collaborative effort between four producers from across the globe, uniting under the moniker "The Diabetic Sandwich" to create Hip Hop instrumentals with a broad range of influences from Trap to Jazz Hop and a general Alternative vibe. The group is yet to define itself beyond its stark graphical output of cut n paste photoshop, neon colors and colossal hamburgers. The debut release a short one leaving much to be desired.

"Merlot" feels like the records only fully developed track at just under four minutes. Jazzy pianos, wordless vocal leads and subtle guitars collide with airy, alien synths, Trap hi hats and deep kicks in an unusual chemistry of oddity that displays a charm. The production is a little forceful, pushing the airy synths into the compound samples it feels a little clustered but the ears do adjust. The song moves through a structure fit for verse and chorus and could really be elevated by the presence of a rapper.

"Meatsticks" has a calmer, less ambitious tone. At two minutes it has an interlude vibe as a sturdy beat sample guides a gentle strings and a graceful piano to a quiet conclusion. The production is subtle, the samples work well together and apart from some obvious clarity difference, it all works.

"Cheese Whizzz" is the records most unusal number, throwing layers of lush sound subtleties into the beat with laser firing and explosion sound effects. The drum beat is a little dry and crispy, and there isn't much of a lead sample, just lush airy noises drifting around the beat that doesn't progress anywhere in particular. At 99 seconds it feels like an unfinished beat.

Rating: 2/10