Many of the different tones employed on the keys and guitar sections keep the album moving in such a fresh direction.
Ramble Jon Krohn’s back at it again, and this time operating mostly on his own for this highly soulful and hip-hop influenced record. Known for his use of samples, he’s on par with some of the greatest, including DJ Shadow and even The Avalanches. Recorded, mixed, composed, and performed, this highly electric and jamming LP shows RJ pulling all the punches. Sample heavy, yet so perfectly mixed it’s hard to even tell what’s sampled, and what RJ’s genuine compositions are.
This by no means is a knock; the fact that he manages to pull the mix together and meld personal composition with that of samples, and even sections from the collaboration efforts, is absolutely entertaining. Speaking of the collaborative efforts (of which there are many), these range from the likes of Phonte Coleman, Son Little, Blueprint, Josh Krajcik, and Jordan Brown, all of which perfectly add to the soulful blend RJ has so carefully constructed.
Tracks such as “Peace of What” and “Band of Matron Saints” have an incredible beat and an elevated tone. Many of the different tones employed on the keys and guitar sections keep the album moving in such a fresh direction. The only track I really had any issue with was “Your Nostalgic Heart and Lung,” on which the builds just end up falling flat, feeling underutilized, and leaving something more to be desired as soon as the track ends. An unfortunate thing, but my only grievance with the entire album.
Overall, this is a nice and tight album with some amazing sample work and original compositions from all fronts. Highly recommended for anyone wanting a refreshing and soulful experience. B | Marcus Mercer