Mystery Cove by Monster Rally

Mystery Cove is the blissfully exotic, surf-ready record from LA-incepted Monster Rally. Using hip-hop beats upon relentless waves across the West Coast, Ted Feighan captures the zeitgeist of lazy Californian summers. Sun-bleached and playful psychedelia at its most experimental.

Vinyl LP £18.49 GRR046LP

Sky blue vinyl LP on Gold Robot Records.

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Mystery Cove by Monster Rally
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9/10 Clinton 15 February 2017
Oh to be in Hawaii now. I’d be sitting under a palm tree sipping a pina colada and listen to Jimmy Buffett. Bliss.    Instead I’m in the coldest place in the world. A dripping, damp lopsided monstrosity of concrete yet listening to this gorgeous album I could be wearing a straw hat to shade against the sun. Monster Rally (aka Ted Feighan...Ted!) has come up with a unique and enjoyable sound where he marries easy listening, exotica and cocktail lounge music with cut up’s and gentle hip-hop beats. His anything goes as long as it’s relaxed approach is reminiscent of the cut and splice of last week's Album of the Week winners Mahatma X if they were stranded on a desert island. The disjointed samples have the Dilla influence of course but also they remind me of the sample-relic early work of Adventures in Stereo.    The album is an easy delight throughout with a magpie-like trawl through sunny weather music and evades cheesiness by way of cut and paste loops, vinyl scratches and carefully chosen source material. It often strays wonderfully close to the sort of gorgeously evocative pieces that appear on Beach Boys ‘Smile’ era, Van Dyke Parks or High Llamas albums as well as taking in Hawaiian, Tex-Mex and Vietnamese samples the latter having something in common with Onra’s ‘Chinoiseries’ series.    Superb getaway music. A soundtrack to a holiday that never existed.  


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