Saturday, 18 May 2013

Review of "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk



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The French, electronic, robot duo have put aside their turntables in exchange for raw instrumentation, taking on a more laid-back disco vibe. The album takes us back in time to the beginnings of electronic dance music, containing a mixture of slow funky numbers and epic, sprawling synthesizer symphonies that pay tribute to the genre's roots.

Its good to see that Daft Punk have clung onto their signature vocoder melodies, and the choruses on this album cannot be faulted for lacking catchiness, however there feels like a real lack of dynamics and punchiness, making many of the tracks unsuitable for the current club scene. Personally, I miss the thumping house beats and choppy sampling of Homework and Discovery, as I felt they were a vital part of what made this group so danceable and uniquely groovy. Instead, Random Access Memories is best served as a pre-drinking accompaniment. Slip this album on before a night out and unwind to it. 


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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Review of "Reincarnated" by Snoop Lion


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Gangsta Rapper and pot connoisseur, Snoop Dogg, has recently discovered Rastafarianism and now he thinks he's Bob Marley. He's put hip hop on standby to become a reggae artist, changing his name to Snoop Lion to symbolise his unholy reincarnation (a mid-life crisis, I feel). Predictably, Reincarnated is an overproduced pop reggae album featuring too many guest stars and not enough catchy, memorable hooks. Its not a terrible album but it isn't good either. I respect Snoop for trying something different, but rapping is his calling and he should return to it and quit the stoner-licensing Rasta act. 
 

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Review of "Wolf" by Tyler, the Creator



 “Kill people, burn shit, fuck school”. The lyrical shock value on Tyler's previous album was cornily over the top. The young rapper has now returned with, Wolf, his third album. Whilst by no means sweet and innocent, the album feels so much more, dare I say it, “mature”. Tracks like Answer and Lone are fantastically heart-wrenching, contrasted by genuinely hilarious songs like Colossus. The beats are moodily jazzy and very crisp - a characteristic of Tyler's music that has always grabbed me. Fellow members of the hip hop collective, Odd Future, make some brilliant guest appearances. Its an impressive album and beneath the obnoxious attitude shines so much talent that you'd be equally as obnoxious to ignore it. Slowly but surely, I think I'm becoming a Tyler fanboy. 
 

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