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- Primitive by As Valet
8/10 Ant Staff review, 18 June 2010
This is a prime slice of alternative hip-hop in the vein of Plug Research, Dublab and maybe even Flying Lotus. This Parisian artist clearly has an ear for leftfield hip-hop beats and immerse textures combined with vocal samples. On this album he works with vocalists La Note and Zig16 and combines off-kilter beats and rhythms with gritty bass and wonky synth sounds that feel very current in the scheme of things. The tracks sometimes sound like they are about to collapse in the the best possible lazy stoned manner. There is a very raw, on the surface feel but hidden beyond that is a clear vision of sequence and flow. I like the jerky stuttering rhythms that initially feel awkward but eventually become hypnotic and head bouncing. Lots of effects on the vocals too which give them a dreamy edge. The African and reggae samples are all mangled up in there too and I'm reminded a little of stuff like Onra, Push Button Objects, Ko-wreck Technique, J Dilla, Chocolate Industries and some of the more fucked up Ninja Tune stuff etc. albeit in a far more weed smoke misty way. The album straddles the boundaries of abstract hip-hop and electronica brilliantly. Comes in a cool gold and black gatefold CD package with sweet artwork. Fine stuff!
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