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July Picks.


  • Prurient, Bermuda Drain: Why make regular old noise when you can conjure up the lovechild of the first Burzum album and Brad Fiedel’s score to The Terminator? The sticker on the LP says: “Listen on headphones while driving through tunnels in Europe.”
  • Washed Out, Within And Without: A lush, cleanly produced album that finds Ernest Greene trying to be Sade for dorks like me. Chillwave gets grown and sexy. No really! Just an easy hypnotic listen, which is the point of this junk, right? Review here.
  • Murder Mark, Ayo Volume 2: A remix of “H.A.M” that actually goes ham. Futuristic fight songs “In My Hood” and “Tear Shit Up.” A spaced-out cover of the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” Mark should be part of 2011’s global wildin’ out music phenomenon.
  • Skinny Friedman, Trap Rave: Moombahton tilted towards the house side of things with lots of trippy effects, just enough island-y atmosphere, AND SOUTHERN RAP SAMPLES. 7 minute moombah-izing of Juicy J’s “Who Da Neighbors” FTW.
  • Gucci Mane, Writings On The Wall 2: Successfully mixes his major label self-aware, self-destructive persona with the wounded, word-happy mixtape nihilist we all fell in love with. Expansive, kinda expensive beats from Gucci’s best producers hold it together.

Written by Brandon

August 1st, 2011 at 3:28 am

Posted in 2011

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  1. How about Ashtray? I just listened to it yesterday for the first time but it seemed stupidly awesome.


    2 Aug 11 at 7:15 pm

  2. Yeah, it is stupidly awesome. I sorta tried to say i in my instrumental rap column, but in a way, it’s as out-there and insane as Clams or Araab Muzik’s work. This long-ass like country-fried hard funk/rock album with hip-hop beats. It’s good but I find it hard to digest in a single listen, which makes it hard to co-sign as an album, you know? I mean, it’s great, and it’s exaclty what it should be, but it’s the type of listen you gotta dig in on.

    It probably could’ve made the list but it kinda fell into this category of awesome, dense bliss out music, along with ‘Timesup’ by Nguzunguzu, FRKWYS 7, and Fennesz’s ‘Seven Stars’.


    2 Aug 11 at 7:46 pm

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