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Max Graef – Rivers of the Red Planet

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Rivers of the Red Planet
Max Graef

Genre: Electro-Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop
1 Minute Read

Rivers of the Red Planet is a beautifully crafted soundscape that draws heavily from all of the right sources. Jazz, hip-hop, and house influences  are prominently featured, and give the album its rhythmic pace and sultry style.

Every single song on this album contributes to the character of the work as a whole, which Graef masterfully suggests and complements with the beautiful cover artwork. He manages to evoke emotion with songs like “Running” and “Jane” while keeping you in the head-nodding groove of jams such as “Drums of Death” and “Vino Rosetto” which are irresistibly funky and infectious.

This album is an absolute gem and will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Enjoy!

Tracklist
01 | Intro
02 | Itzehoe
03 | Superswiss (Skit)
04 | Running (ft. Wayne Snow)
05 | Jazz 104
06 | Tamboule Fudgemunk
07 | Quackeljochen
08 | Ohne Erdung
09 | Mullholand Drive
10 | Drums Of Death (ft. Labuzinski)
11 | Vino Rosetto (Album Mix) [ft. Labuzinski]
12 | Speed Metal Jesus
13 | Büchsenöffner
14 | Jane (ft. Wayne Snow)
15 | Medley Of The Drifter
16 | Outro

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Lorn – Ask the Dust

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Ask The Dust
Lorn

Genre: Dark Electronic, Future Hip-Hop
2 Minute Read

Ask The Dust (Ninja Tune, 2012) is Lorn’s sophomore album. It is much less rigid and conventional than his first album, Nothing Else (Brainfeeder, 2010). Wiping his work clean of overt reggae and trap influences, he favors a more neutral, electronic sound this time around.

As the artwork suggests, Ask The Dust is a dark and fractured blend of sinister and murky tones, held together in a loosely coherent fashion. The percussion forms the skeleton of the album, giving the floating, experimental soundscape a much-needed backbone. It also acts as the veins of the music, pumping blood and energy into the guttural and often lazy melodies.

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Various Artists – Amores Perros

Amores Perros Soundtrack
Various Artists

Genre: Soundtrack/Eclectic
3 Minute Read

Have you ever watched a movie that really just gets it?

For me, a great movie carries me away from reality and into the mind of the protagonist much like I might slip into an old pair of jeans, comfortably and without thought, the jeans allowing me to walk until I hardly even notice the fabric against my skin. Yet it has those distinct features that remind me why they are my favorite jeans in the first place. I stop to admire the beautiful dye, the ample pocket space, and the narrow taper of the pant legs. The soundtrack of a movie lets you know that a human designed the scenes just for you, and good, thoughtful taste answers that inevitable, nagging question: am I going to like this movie? Yes, the good soundtrack asserts. Rest easy friend, you are in good hands.

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