Album reviews

Album reviews

FRENCH VANILLA: HOW AM I NOT MYSELF

June 10th, 2019

This is vocalist Sally Spitz' definitive performance, replete with on-a-dime dynamic shifts and cavernous, lifted-soft-palate bellows followed by pinched and powerful punchlines. The rhythm section is equally sublime. The interplay between bassist and saxophonist is borderline balletic, sinewy and seductive. You can also hear a distinctive, left-in-the-mix grunt at 1:38. That’s that good shit.

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BLU & EXILE: TRUE & LIVIN EP

June 4th, 2019

This is the kind of joint that would have been played on Friday Night Flavors twenty-two years ago, and the next morning yours truly would be flying down the 10 to get the wax at Fatbeats. (Vermont location!)

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J-E-T-S: ZOOSPA

May 24th, 2019

ZOOSPA can be a lot to take in, but its stellar cast of characters and treasure trove of head-knocking beats are well worth the whiplash.

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PORCH SAM: HI DESERT

May 22nd, 2019

Porch Sam’s lexicon is filled with sour modular blips, guitar feedback, and frantic live percussion, which creep in to hijack the sublime beauty for a drive through the Uncanny Yucca Valley.

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ZIG-ZAGS: THEY’LL NEVER TAKE US ALIVE

May 11th, 2019

When the apocalypse is nigh, that final Paul Revere ride won’t just be somebody shouting that ruin is on the way. Instead, they’ll be playing Zig-Zags at pulverizing volume.

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MOUSEY MCGLYNN X DUTCHYYY: DUTCHY X MOUSEY EP

April 25th, 2019

The too-brief EP is a collaboration with prolific producer Dutchyyy, who lays down a bed of smoldering breakbeats and soul jazz, the perfect complement to Mousey’s beat-battle-worn torch singer delivery.