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Kid Cudi Man On The Moon

New album reviews of Q-Tip, Kid Cudi and Arctic Monkeys.

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Something Awesome

David Dallas has been floating around for awhile now. His most notable work has been with Frontline, a duo which consisted of himself and producer Nick McLaren a.k.a Forty One. You may also remember him for that verse that put everyone else to shame on the ‘Not Many’ remix way back when.

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ia_eye-see-cover_low-resIf you are looking for a laid back album to compliment these hot summer days you just may have found it in ‘Eye See.’ Following on where Julien Dyne left off with ‘Pins & Digits,’ Aesili blends the traditional with the futuristic to create a reflective and in-depth offering of strong personal, social and political messages to supply yet another standout package to the already quality catalogue From The Crates Records has to offer. Where the instrumental ‘Can I Be’ lays a soft, relaxing groove to the beat, ‘Don’t Trust The Media’s’ anxious up-beat feel provides the opposite, while the pop appeal of ‘With You In My Bed’ feat. Aaradnah balances everything out as the radio friendly counterpoint in the album. Aesili’s vocals are possibly the biggest suprise, his husky Kravitz-like appeal comes into it’s own on the blues/rock inspired ‘Use Your Mind.’ Meanwhile the hard-working musician nonchalantly mixes so many genre’s together, managing to maintain the theme of the album while flexing it with his own personal touch. Expect solid engineering, well crafted songs and a sophisticated groove.

Eye See dropped today and is Aesili’s first full length solo project. You can acquire it here.

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Handsome Furs

Handsome Furs w/ Brand New Math
Bacco Room, Auckland
Tuesday August 25

I had been anticipating┬áthis since the┬áHandsome Furs announced they were touring here a couple of months ago. The Canadian group, which consists of Dan Boeckner and wife Alexei Perry, recently released their second album ‘Face Control’. The album was similar to their first, ‘Plague Park’, which showed Boeckner move slightly away from his acclaimed work with Wolf Parade. On ‘Face Control’, they sound terrified of the future, yet more concise in their musical ability. Boeckner’s sometimes frail vocals contrast perfectly with Perry’s simple and uptempo drum beats, which seem to make even the dull moments in their music stand up straight.

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