Soundbwoy Killah: Halcyon Daze 2xLP (Sneaker Social Club, 2019)

October 13, 2019 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Soundbwoy Killah: Halcyon Daze 2xLP

This album starts out with a sample of a rave being busted by the police, and it continues in the mode of surprisingly subdued tracks rather than full-on peaktime bangers. There’s melancholy garage (“Wanna Hold U”), bassy ambient (“Tom Loves to Rave”), and rootsy dubstep (“Loiner Dub”), but it all seems somewhat hindered from club ecstasy. Even when the album reaches full-on jungle, with the track “Heartbeats”, it seems strangely hollowed out, with long stretches of stillness and cries from the void in between the thundering breaks. It kind of seems like an album for people nostalgic about going to raves, but too old to actually go to them without feeling exhausted after 2 hours. That is me entirely (last weekend I had to sit down an hour into LTJ Bukem’s set at Marble Bar in Detroit, even though it was absolutely amazing), so I feel like I get this album.

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