(Best New Music) RECENT PICK-UPS: Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take A Trip

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Tall Black Guy’s second album outing is a trip worth taking over and over again (audio)

 

Anyone who has spent time on this blog will know that I’m a pretty huge Tall Black Guy fan. However, I wanted to try to write as objectively as possible for the rest of this short review.

A few things off the top of my head: this album is immaculately mixed/produced. Everything from the drums, the highs, the mids, and the lows, as well as the instruments and samples all sound absolutely amazing, even on my shitty computer speakers (but I highly recommend giving it a listen on headphones for the best experience). Also, it must be said that even though the album essentially is an instrumental hip-hop/beat album that it does also covers a lot of musical ground as well; twinges of electronic music, soul, and jazz make their way into the mix, along with a variety of tempos, swings, and feels. Overall, it’s a varied listen that feels pretty cohesive and like actual songs rather than just a collection of hard drive beats (though I’m not against that). It should also be stated that every song features some clever change ups and drops that really rewards close listening.

If I could level one minor complaint against the album, however, I would say mood-wise it’s bit samey, but that’s honestly just a nit-pick for what’s otherwise a fantastic album that’s definitely gonna be in constant rotation for the time being. If you haven’t heard of Tall Black Guy yet, I couldn’t think of a better place to start. Hell, even if you’re a fan of hip-hop, J Dilla, “trip-hop”, jazz or just music in general, I’d still recommend picking this up.

There. Hopefully, I didn’t gush too much…

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