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Friday, 9 January 2009
review for reviewyou.com: abel okugawa
Now Playing: solipsisticnation.com
Topic: 2008 reviews

the latest album from abel okugawa is quite special, indeed, and easily the best full-length that's come my way through reviewyou.com thus far.  the album's called dance like a speaker.  expect to hear a cut from this on the podcast soon.

click here to check out my review...


Posted by macedonia at 4:02 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 9 January 2009 4:05 PM EST
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Monday, 8 December 2008
review for reviewyou.com: muddyloop
Now Playing: office noise right before my lunch break...
Topic: 2008 reviews

recently reviewed an album by the duo named muddyloop - not bad.  if you're into electronic dance that's heavily inspired by '80s electro, new wave, and prince, you may want to seek this one out.

click here to read the review...


Posted by macedonia at 1:26 PM EST
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Friday, 21 November 2008
review for reviewyou.com: wayne savant
Now Playing: friday night dance party podcast
Topic: 2008 reviews

this is the first review i've written for the reviewyou.com site.  the artist is wayne savant, a rapper based in texas.  this is an album for people who care a lot about what you say on the mic and less about what music accompanies you.  any other approach will result in a less than enjoyable listening experience.  with that said, here's my take on the album...

p.s.  i get the feeling that this guy could do great things if he was a Holy Hip-Hop artist.  God's Kingdom could certainly use someone like him...


Posted by macedonia at 1:22 PM EST
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Monday, 17 November 2008
review for impose: yoome
Now Playing: downtown soulville w/mr. fine wine (wfmu.org)
Topic: 2008 reviews
this is the last review for impose that i've written and i'm surprised that i haven't posted here about it yet because the album is phemonenal.  it's definitely on my personal top ten for 2008.  click here to read the review.

Posted by macedonia at 3:58 PM EST
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Friday, 3 October 2008
juba dance - orange juiced
Now Playing: friday night dance party podcast
Topic: 2008 reviews

JUBA DANCE
Orange Juiced:  Remixes & B-Sides
[Audio 8 Recordings]
Release Date:  September 23, 2008


As a follow-up to their debut album Orange, Ben Lamar and Polyphonic the Verbose (otherwise known as Juba Dance) present a collection of new songs along with some remixes.  While this project does push the boundaries of musical genres, some experiments don’t always prove successful.  However, their hits certainly outnumber their misses.  Juba Dance is at its best when channeling their hip-hop influences through other formulas.  The best example would be “The Porpoise et La Mer,” R&B deep-fried in electronics and topped with b-boy swagger that’s undercut with real man sensitivity.  Planet Juba is consistently off its axis, which makes for unexpected listening pleasures.  “Vivo Viajar” is aurally seductive while remaining enigmatic in classification.  “Gone” is soulful techno that, for all its harmonic oddities, is surprisingly accessible.  The revisited material receives admirable remix work, from Sicker Man’s head-nodding take on “Cachaáa” to Turbo-Rexxa’s electro spin on “Union Hall.”  Orange Juiced will quench the thirst of the musically dehydrated, but sip slowly for best results.   -JRS


Posted by macedonia at 11:24 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 1 October 2008
review for impose: flying lotus
Now Playing: nickel & dime radio w/small change (wfmu.org)
Topic: 2008 reviews

for those that don't know, you need to know one simple thing:  FLYING LOTUS IS THE TRUTH.  easily one of the most brilliant producers in electronic music today.  this album will definitely be on my top ten of the year.  absolutely fantastic from beginning to end.  whatever he's producing or remixing, pick it up on sight...you'll never go wrong.

click here for a review of his full-length for warp records...


Posted by macedonia at 5:31 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 30 September 2008
review for impose: plant life - time traveler
Now Playing: the new york groove on eastvillageradio.com
Topic: 2008 reviews

for the record, i like the debut album better, but there are some good songs on this album and the production is noticeably polished.  dug the demo feel of the first album, though.

anyways...click here to read more...


Posted by macedonia at 4:18 PM EDT
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Monday, 29 September 2008
review for impose: carolina funk
Now Playing: herbie hancock - watermelon man (kenny dope remixes)
Topic: 2008 reviews
here's another review that i wrote for impose that past summer.  funk from the carolinas courtesy of now-again/stones throw.  seriously good.  click here to check out the review...

Posted by macedonia at 5:03 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 17 September 2008
review for impose: vast aire
Now Playing: meso - island versus city
Topic: 2008 reviews
i included a cut from vast aire's latest in Radio BSOTS episode 72.  the album has its moments.  granted, nothing beats his Cannibal Ox days, but the past is past.  let's deal with present-day beats and rhymes right now.  if you want an idea of where he's lyrically at these days, check this review...

Posted by macedonia at 5:14 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 16 September 2008
review for impose: jackson conti
Now Playing: anane - ben ma mi
Topic: 2008 reviews


i've written several music reviews for impose magazine over the summer, but hadn't gotten around to mentioning them in this space yet and i really ought to.  so that gives me an excuse to keep up my blogging habit, even if it's only a quick blurb once a day here and there.

first up is the collaboration between madlib and ivan conti of azymuth, its release perfectly timed for summer consumption.  this album is so deep on the latin jazz tip that madlib should be considered much more than a beat konducta.  read on...


Posted by macedonia at 6:03 PM EDT
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