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Album Review

Cassette City is a self-consciously fresh affair, full of care: Lushlife drops gully slang alongside guest spots by members of Deerhoof, Vampire Weekend, and Ariel Pink, everything meted out in perfect measure so as not to overbear. The track transitions, drum drops, and fleeting verses all seem labored over, everything meticulous, each hit perfect. Thing is, it works. Despite a host of reasons to pocket the record snootily into post-backpack "hipster rap," the record defies any but the sternest listener's dislike. Because, really, it's a lot of fun, perfectly so, even if Lushlife's trans-genre SMiLE-meets-Illmatic aspirations were achieved first (and with blinding success) by Edan on Beauty and the Beat. Tracks like the "Meridian Sound" trio echo postmillennial electronic indie acts like Manitoba and the Cinematic Orchestra, but merge without a hiccup into decidedly throwback headnodders like "Another Word for Paradise" and "Daylight into Me." Strangely, this synthesis of indie and boom-bap influences yields something unambitiously genial, a record with neither highs nor lows, just a big crowd-pleasing medium.

Customer Reviews

Another dose of Real Hip Hop to ease the sickness

I'll keep this one short and sweet having done 3 reviews tonight alone... Once again this is an artist I've never experienced before now, but this is definitely an LP for those appreciative of good Hip Hop. Smooth sampling, ill beats and stimulating rhymes keep this one bouncing along in true fashion, unlike a lot of garbage out there posing as Hip Hop. It's a perfect blend of new school innovation and old school architecture. In other words, if you love the classics you'll dig this. I promise.

Excellent Album a Must Purchase for any Intelligent Hip Hop Head

This is one of, if not, the best hip hop album to come out this year. Production is amazing, lyrics are on point, and it has a 90's feel without sounding dated. This reminds me of what made me fall in love with hip hop. This is the first time I've heard this cat, and I'm very, very impressed. He has musical training, and it shows in his production. Samples are on point too. Until the Sun Dies is an absolute banger, my favorite on the album.

The Definition of Hip-Hop

The flavor, the beat, the minute details that are simply brought to the forefront of every song make this album the epitome of what Hip Hop should be about. Paying attention to the details brings out the best of the rhythm of the song. Your head will bob up and down with out you even knowing it. A work of art, dedication, and passion wrapped into one Cassette City.

Cassette City (Bonus Track Version), Lushlife
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