Monument of the Broken Souls

monument of broken souls

Here’s the new LP from Blockboy, out today, including on vinyl. This is the lost love child of Portishead, DJ Shadow and Kruder & Dorfmeister. An album for a lazy, sunny afternoon.

It’s been two years since we had Blockboy’s debut Heartbox EP. That was a mix of trip hop, rock, funk and K&D’s dub spaciousness. Monument of the Broken Souls continues in a similar vein. Munich’s Blockboy is pursuing a singular vision that has nothing in common with today’s EDM styles.

Utopia is a hip hop stew with warped dub. Out for Fame lets the piano tinkle against a sampled vocal that has a bit of the approach taken in Moby’s Play. It manages to be sad and yet uplifting. All For Love has the agony of “sweet daddy, please come home” and lazy trip hop beats.  E E E offers a change of tone. This slides into warped electronica and the love of 80s B Boy.

Run Away ft. Ethic lets backwards strings compete with soul and hip hop vocals. Woodbox Sonata No. 4 gets plinky plonky on yo ass, with vocoder for god measure. Like a Daft Punk does Cbeebies collaboration. Nobody Know You breaks out the trip funkiness and the melancholy of “nobody knows you when you die”. The Temple Monkey takes on a bit of sitar and provides one of the most compelling tracks.

Apache Walk is another highlight. Flute, handclaps and “you’ve got to roll, like a wagon wheel”. What more do you want? Hey Mother goes for Blues vocals against rock electronica. The LP closes with hopeful strains of Plastic Soldier. Complex, funky, entertaining, Monument of the Broken Souls is all of these and more.

Blurb: Following his debut EP „Heartbox“, Blockboy’s new release „Monument Of The Broken Souls“ is a highly complex and entertaining record. Again, it would be very hard to label his sound, but still the mix of HipHop-Beats, catchy melodies, all sorts of sampling and Blues influences is astonishingly homogenous. The inspiration to many of these sound jewels are faded voices of the past – old Blues records from Blockboy’s Vinyl treasury. Accordingly, this record is dedicated to them: to the „broken souls“!Following his debut EP „Heartbox“, Blockboy’s new release „Monument Of The Broken Souls“ is a highly complex and entertaining record. Again, it would be very hard to label his sound, but still the mix of HipHop-Beats, catchy melodies, all sorts of sampling and Blues influences is astonishingly homogenous. The inspiration to many of these sound jewels

~ by acidted on June 9, 2014.

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