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Crossroads EP

Review by Gary Hill

This four track EP is quite intriguing. I’m not blown away by all four songs, but I like the first two a lot. The other two are good. They just don’t rise to the same level as the other two. The music here is sort of an urban dance vibe, like a club type music. However, that’s an oversimplification. There is more of a meaty, electronic sound here. It’s even got some space music in the mix. This isn’t for everyone, but it’s quite cool.

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Track by Track Review
Crossroads

I love the cool waves of keyboard sounds that are heard on this. The spoken vocal line is quite tasty, too. There are moments that are processed and while I normally find that cheesy, it works here. The music on this seems to sit somewhere between electronic dance music and space music. It should be mentioned that this one earns a parental advisory warning.

Steal It
As cool as the opener was, this is even better. It’s arguably more purely in the club/dance electronic type of sound. However, there is a real classic electronic music vibe to it. The vocals are even more effective than the opener, too. This is a great song.
Why You Gotta Be So Fine
Although the soulful groove on this is cool, this cut just isn’t at the same level as the first two. It’s not a bad song by any means. It just doesn’t have the same kind of magic.
DB
While this cut doesn’t work all that well for my tastes, I really have to admire it. It’s quirky and a bit strange, but in a cool and creative way. Parts of this are fairly stripped down. Other parts have a sampled jazz vibe. This is quite a unique piece and an interesting one, at that. This one definitely earns more parental advisories, too.

 

 
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