Sunday, February 6, 2011

Toro y Moi: Underneath the Pine

Well, what can I say? It seems Toro y Moi has taken an entirely different route with the release of his newest album, Underneath the Pine. This thing is all soul-jazz-funk to me. This ain't no disco or any kind of chillwave I've ever heard. I keep hearing this and expecting a 2 minute sax solo to break out. Almost exactly like MGMT, Chad has completely changed his sound of music. There will be no doubt a plethora of haters; however, I still find this album quite enjoyable, though it has not taken a place in my top albums like Causers of This accomplished. The use of live instrumentation is heard all throughout, with some of the most diverse tracks being "Elise", "Still Sound" and "Go With You". There's a lot here to digest here, less flashy than Causers of This, but still good in its own right. All things aside, I would say this is an underwhelming release.

Toro y Moi's Underneath the Pine gets an 8.3 out of 10. It's worth a shot, that's for sure.

This could definitely win the "Most Appalling Album Cover" award.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Mylo: Destroy Rock and Roll

Mylo is definitely not one of the more well known artists. He's more obscure than curtains, yet he knows how to make music (sadly only one album so far). One song on his only album, Destroy Rock and Roll, has proved to be by far the most repetitive, yet one of the most addicting songs I've ever layed ears on. That song is "Drop the Pressure." Over 100 times saying "Motha fuckas gonna turn up da pressure." That can only be described as boss. Another noteworthy song is "Destroy Rock and Roll," where Mylo talks of famous musical artists such as Michael Jackson and U2 in an unusual manner. "In My Arms" is a mash-up of Kim Carne's "Bette Davis Eyes" and Waiting For a Star to Fall's "Boy Meets Girl." There's excellent mixing together all throughout. "Valley of the Dolls" is a soothing first track of the album, while "Emotion 98.6" is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard, being the last song on the album. You know what they say, "Saved the best for last!" Onto to the rating.

Mylo's debut and only album to date, Destroy Rock and Roll, gets a 9.8 out of 10. Go buy one of the decade's best albums.

The 'O' is covering his right eye. Genius!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Site Updates

I've added a generic genre for every review I've done. I hope it makes navigating the site more smooth and fluid.

Until next time, signing out:


KiD CuDi: Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

I'm going to be brutally frank: I don't think Pitchfork gave KiD CuDi's debut album its rightful glory. The day a Lil Wayne album gets a higher score than the lyrical geniuses of Eminem and KiD CuDi are the days when I start to progressively follow Pitchfork's reviews less frequently. Who are we kidding, Lil Wayne is horrible. His use of auto-tune is something to loathe every time you hear his retarded laugh start off a song. Anyway, enough of shitty Wayne. CuDi's new album, Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,  is filled with witty lyrics and some subliminal messages. I'll just give you one of the many. In "Marijuana," listen to the very end of the song. "GHOST!" also features a nifty little beat which proves just how much CuDi sticks to mainstream hip-hop. A good album in all.

(Couldn't upload song on SC)

KiD CuDi's newest album Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager gets a 8.1 out of 10. Worth a shot, even if you aren't the rap/hip-hop type.

Ight CuDi, I see yah.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Com Truise: Cyanide Sisters

Another man discovered because of the great Neon Indian. The first time I came upon Com Truise (Tom Cruise much?) came when he released two remixes of Sleep Paralysist, entitled "Sleep Paralysist (Com Truise 'Disorder' Remix) " and "Sleep Paralysist (Com Truise 'Eyelid' Remix) ," respectively. I quickly came upon his site: I found out about his EP and some compilations of various songs mended together into one. This man is pure gold. He's a treat to listen to from start to finish. Bringing people to a time of nostalgia is this man's goal, and he does a hella good job of showing that. The track most standing out for me on the EP was "Slow Peels." The sound of hiss in the beginning, which he later tells about what it is, truly brings back those old-school days of analogue TVs and the such. "Sundriped" does a good job of reaching a climactic role in the EP with its slow progression to a clash of sounds everywhere.  If you're not convinced yet of the epicness of this, get it here: free of charge. C'mon, what would you do for nothing?

So, I now bring the rating. Com Truise's Cyanide Sisters EP gets a 9.1 out of 10. The new synth pop man is upon us! AND, check out his site at: There's loads of amazing singles there that won't disappoint.

Vinyls are the shiz.
Oh, and listen to his "Castles in the Snow" remix. I'd say it's better than the original.

Anoraak: Nightdrive With You

I'm going to start this off with a bang: I haven't heard such an addicting album in quite some time. It started after I got Neon Indian's remixes album, containing a plethora of various well renowned electronic artists. The last song of the remix album, "Psychic Chasms (Anoraak Remix)", immediately struck a chord with me in harmonic unison, just as rhetoric would in a well constructed essay. I lucked out. I got this album, placed it it on shuffle and began on the ride through all the adventures it would take me through (don't worry, I wasn't on anything). Now, I feel it's time to properly give this a proper rating after listening to it numerous times. After getting to "Nightdrive With You (Adeyhawke remix)", my mind blew wide open. Current plays: 1235. Yeah, it's that good. Sleeping song, commuting song, whatever; it's spectacular for all of them. Then came "Midnight Fever", and the rest soon ensued; all with their own special time of me going "Shit, this guy was talent."

All in all, Anoraak is a man with endless opportunities. Nightdrive With You gets a 9.8 out of 10. Que estas esperando, oyelo. (What are you waiting for, listen to it.)

P.S. Get Wherever the Sun Sets afterward. Disappointment will not be an option.
Run Forrest, Run!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tycho: Past is Prologue

More Tycho. This guy is so good at what he does. Past is Prologue is the fruition of Scott Hanson, a San Francisco artist and producer. Having more mainstream success that before, Tycho has even had one song ("Cascade") appear on Toonami on its last ever stream. As said by Ghostly International, "Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon. Known in the design world as ISO50, Hansen is famed for his bucolic, sun-drenched design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output." Nothing else can be said. A lush, expansive imaginary landscape of sepia-toned keyboards, warm downtempo beats, and mile after mile of sun-dappled beauty fill this album. This album, as well as his other releases, have a similar sound, which is loved by many. Listen to these on a rainy night, or anytime, and you'll be sure to pick out some odd and keen sounds. An avid listener is best for these songs.

Past is Prologue gets a 9.4 out of 10. Let's hope he releases some new music soon.

This is only the beginning of what's to come.