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REVIEW: Yawn Zen – Mndsgn

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Yawn Zen
Stones Throw (2014)

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

This album review was originally published on September 3, 2014 on Potholes In My Blog.

Mndsgn (or Mind Design, if you’re still scratching your head) is the latest in a long line of vowel-dropping producers to emerge from the Los Angeles beat scene, a fertile stomping ground for those electronically-minded, obsessively-curating crate diggers who find glorious voltaic release—and sometimes world renown—on the dank, nocturnal stages of Boiler Room and Low End Theory club showcases. Yawn Zen is Mndsgn’s official Stones Throw debut and it’s a generally pleasing, listenable excursion through the compositional tendencies of a cat with a genuinely compelling pedigree.

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REVIEW: Barkada – The Bar

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Barkada
Beatrock Music; 2014

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

Prometheus Brown and Bambu are brothers musically, socially and ethnically. Their Barkada is party music with a revolutionary spirit. Check out my review for Potholes In My Blog.


REVIEW: Smell the DA.I.S.Y. – De La Soul

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Smell the DA.I.S.Y.
Self-released; 2014

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

De La Soul prepare for a big 2014 with the first of three planned releases: Smell the DA.I.S.Y., a free mixtape available via BitTorrent, is a reworking of classic De La raps over previously unreleased J Dilla instrumentals. It’s both charming for fans of the legendary rap crew and reverent to the late, great producer and his family. Read what else I had to say about it, here.


REVIEW: Cognitive Dissonance: Part One – Raz Simone

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Cognitive Dissonance: Part One
Black Umbrella; 2014

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

Raz Simone’s first album since inking a deal with 300 Entertainment is an instant Northwest classic that also stands as tall as many of the best national releases of 2014. Read what else I had to say about it over at Potholes In My Blog.


REVIEW: Abrasions: Stitched Up – Apollo Brown & Planet Asia

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Abrasions: Stitched Up
Mello Music Group; 2014

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 3 / 5

In which my 36 year-old man sensibilities kick in and realize they don’t make ‘em like Premier and RZA anymore (obvi). Read my review of Apollo Brown and Planet Asia’s new EP, Abrasions: Stitched Up, here.


REVIEW: Digital Wildlife – The Physics

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Digital Wildlife
Self-released; 2013

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 4 / 5

The Physics tackle one of the most relevant questions of modern-day music-making on their new album, Digital Wildlife: How does the digital realm affect our understanding of, and interaction with, the analog when it comes to recorded music? Click here to read my album review over at Potholes In My Blog.


REVIEW: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem

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The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Interscope; 2013

Score (Potholes In My Blog scale): 3 / 5

On the sequel to his 2000 breakout album, Eminem (with help from Rick Rubin) reaches back in hip hop time to mine hits for a modern-day audience. The outcome: mixed results. Read what I wrote about The Marshall Mathers LP 2 over at Potholes In My Blog.


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