Marley Carroll is a North Carolina based producer and Sings is his second full length LP and it is very promising. Carroll’s musical style ranges from minimal electronic music to indie pop and dubstep. On this album his talent as both a producer and vocalist are on full display.
The sound of Sings as a whole is very natural, warm and endearing. Much like a Four Tet or a Caribou album the electronics breath emotions in tight repetitive ways. Very melodic are these instrumentals and very smooth are Marley’s vocals a top the instrumentation. This is definitely the case on tracks like ”The Hunter” and ”Black light” which are rich with atmosphere that is added by the vocals and not hindered by them.
The tracks without vocals are just as strong. Densely layered with different electronics. ”1985” is short and just beautiful the melody and textures in that track make me wish it was a good four minutes longer. ”R&S” is dark and minimal with light sparse vocal samples within it. Marley even shows off his pianist chops with ”Prepared Piano” another beautiful interluded like track I wish was longer.
Marley brings strong tracks to the table on this album .The variety is there along with cohesion. Each track presents a nice atmosphere and solid to great production. I just wish some tracks were fleshed out a little more other than that I thought it was a very good project.
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Check out Cupcake Kitty’s first single Vvvvvv it’s a dream pop track with a some shoegaze vibes too. The vocals nice and chill and there’s some light acoustic strumming on the track that adds to the atmosphere of the track.
Meticulously crafted and filled with ear candy Drone Logic by Daniel Avery is one of the best pieces of IDM/EDM LP’s to come out this year. Avery pretty much works with the frame work of minimal techno and acid house. Stylistically the sound of the album made of serene electronics with lots of vocal samples that fit each tracks mood.
Some of the tracks have a more uptempo repetitive groove often having multiple rhythms that layer the tracks. Others have like a club style like the title track which is a banger and the pulsating ”These Nights Never End”. Much like the cover art each track feels like there’s just a lot of atmosphere in the mix that gives a lot of these tracks a nice vibe. Other tracks are more delicate melody driven like ”Platform Zero” which sounds absolutely gorgeous.
The main thing that helps these tracks succeed is just how sprawling they are. Often having two parts or slowly letting tracks build to a very enjoyable climax Avery shows himself to be to have penchant for detailed atmospheric instrumentals that will get stuck in your mind. Without fail. The feel of the tracks range from lively, to peaceful to ominous but still feeling like a cohesive whole in the end.
Drone Logic is very nice debut for Daniel Avery and I enjoy it more with each listen I give it. It’s a nice mix of IDM sounds and very nice production. Highly recommended.
Government Plates is experimental hip-hop group Death Grips fourth LP and and third free to download album they’ve released. This album was originally slated for 2014 but the very fact that this album just sort of came out with no promotion or warning aside of ”Birds” which they released earlier this year speaks to the type of group Death Grips is. The type who really doesn’t care about anything but the music, very refreshing. As for Death Grip’s music itself the band has since their debut been known for their boundary pushing nature mixing rap with punk,industrial and electronic with intensity. Government Plates is really no exception as the band seems intent on expanding their sound further.
Government Plates is a noticeable shift production wise from the claustrophobic raging electronic on No Love Deep Web. Here the bands sound is a bit more expansive and leans a little more on art damaged laser like electronic sounds to go along with the usual abrasive sounds and tribal percussion they add to the mix. Zach Hill does great job as usual with drumming on this album as well. Much like my favorite Death Grips album The Money Store the hooks are sharp and these tracks genuinely bang with ”What I Want” being the banger of bangers on this album. The ability to be both catchy and off putting has always been a strength of the band.
MC Ride is as demented as ever on this album. Where lyrically last album he was a paranoid maniac both of his own mental issues and the world around him. On Government Plates MC Ride isn’t to worried or thinking that deeply he’s pretty much taking whatever he wants and bludgeoning anything or anyone in his wake without motivation. Some of these tracks aren’t that wordy outside of repeated chanted lyrics or choruses but that works just fine. Ride’s energetic and his flow is a ferocious as always I’ve honestly come to expect nothing less from him.
Listening to Death Grips is always a sonic and mental experience. The band is good at taking certain elements of their sound and expanding it to create something that adds another layer to their music. Government Plates is another great project from Death Grips that lends itself to more replay value than their previous effort did so give this album a listen I highly recommend it.
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