Album reviews

Album reviews

RAS_G AND THE AFRIKAN SPACE PROGRAM: DANCE OF THE COSMOS

February 15th, 2019

When it comes to L.A.’s “beat” scene, few figures are as influential as Ras G. While contemporaries like Flying Lotus may have wider name recognition, Ras G has been releasing music since 2005 and helping to grow L.A. beats from a local strain of Dilla-fied boom bap to a progressive musical movement known for punishing subwoofers worldwide. But on Dance of the Cosmos, Ras G turns away from the beats he’s known for and dives headfirst into the world of house music.

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MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE: HERITAGE

February 13th, 2019

The standout is ‘Akatombo,’ if only because it’s the only solo piano song on the record. That qualifier does this stellar composition a disservice—it is breathtaking. It turns on gospel harmonies and crescendoing then abating force. The figure from :51-:57 is a tears-on-impact moment, a gut-punching, ear twisting series of chords that resolve so satisfyingly one could listen to just this for an entire evening.

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HARRIET BROWN: MALL OF FORTUNE

February 10th, 2019

Bay Area-raised/L.A.-based multi-hyphenate Aaron Valenzuela delivers a 14-track R&B project that toys with the concept of life as a shopping mall: if wealth must be spent consciously, so too one’s time.

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CHERUSHII + MARIA MINERVA: SELF-TITLED

February 8th, 2019

Cherushii & Maria Minerva’s collaborative album is a bittersweet collection of dancefloor delicacies, each its own wistful vision of an international retro-future.

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FLAT WORMS: INTO THE IRIS EP

February 4th, 2019

Imagine, if you would, the Dead Boys without the blatant nihilism. Into the Iris is an epicenter, radiating the contradictions and ambiguities of living in search of some type of hope.

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TIM PRESLEY’S WHITE FENCE: I HAVE TO FEED LARRY’S HAWK

February 1st, 2019

Alas, our beloved experimental-psychedelic-bedroom-punk conjurer Tim Presley has decamped to San Francisco, the city from whence he came. If the music he makes up north continues to reach the creative heights of his new offering I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk, however, all is forgiven.