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Yell & Ice by Subtle
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8/10 Brian 08 November 2007
Never quite got Subtle. I understand their brand of astute boffin-pop is quite the ticket for readers of The wire searching for the outer realms of melodic nirvana and I do think Dose One and co ARE genius's of the highest order....but the last album got on my tits simply because the immaculately harnessed technology and overwhelming scope of production irritated rather than thrilled. I much preferred the Of Montreal masterpiece. It was clever without being a big office goon in multicoloured jumpsuit and Christopher Biggins specs. However, this mini album of collaborations, 'Yell & Ice' just hits the bastard spot. It's got that breathtaking Anticon avant hip hop squelch and the kind of dizzying strange-pop nous that the likes of Ariel Pink and the aforementioned Of Montreal possess. Add to the mix a dash of sassy Buck 65 slide-guitar-arama, Arcade Fire/Flaming Lips stereophonic BIG MUSIC and some inspirational programming, then this 9 tracker (featuring members of cLOUDDEAD, TV on the Radio, Notwist and the esteemed Wolf parade is an hallucinogenic freak-hop feast that will beg repeated listens. A huge improvement on the album for me at least .CD only.


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