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Coba Stella – Now Is The Time

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DJ Cam – Seven

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J.Baracuz – A Contemporary Witness EP

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Mimi Page – Breathe Me In

Having read some other reviews of Mimi Page‘s work that compared her to the likes of Fiona Apple, I was a bit concerned approaching her debut LP Breathe Me In. I guess the trip-hop crowd is knowingly so hungry for the new quality sounds that upon hearing one randomly inserted electronic bleep on any female...

Doctor FLAKE – FLAKE UP

I feel like I need a new Category here at trippin’ the rift, called something like “Kick-ass French beats”. France became the main exporter of dark electronica awesomeness – we covered Screenatorium and Hugo Kant recently, and now it’s time to take a chill pill prescribed by Doctor FLAKE. Yes, French trip-hop for the most...

Anomie Belle – The Crush

&amp;lt;A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_w_mpw&amp;amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Ftripptherift-20%2F8014%2Ff03029e6-07aa-4095-9602-ad424b2f4655&amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;gt;Amazon.com Widgets&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt;It’s hard for me to find inspiration these days. Between summer blowing chilly goodbye kisses, all kinds of monetary annoyances and just this never-ending inexplicable tiredness clinging to body and brain, I need something REALLY inspiring, a punch-in-the-nose, a flashlight-straight-to-the-eye kind of inspiring. I turned down a couple of submitted albums, even though...

Karmacoda – Eternal

&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_w_mpw&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Ftripptherift-20%2F8014%2Fad102379-0c21-4df9-bdff-96f6764a52bd&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Amazon.com Widgets&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/A&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;I was going to criticize the crap out of this release. I was going to use harsh words like “bland” and “stale” and bitch about “not progressing” and “no one needing this kind of music today”. About filling this very narrow niche and feeling too comfortable doing it. I was even going to...

Marilyn Carino – Little Genius

&amp;lt;A HREF=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?rt=tf_w_mpw&amp;amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Ftripptherift-20%2F8014%2F651a2cbf-a2c3-466a-85f5-9c02123a07ca&amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;gt;Amazon.com Widgets&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt;Don’t you hate it when a certain band that you like doesn’t do anything for a while, and then, when you’re about to give up on them altogether, their (usually female) vocalist comes out with a solo album, and you’re like, OK, I’ll take that! – only to be bitterly disappointed by this...

Hugo Kant – I Don’t Want To Be An Emperor

Amazon.com WidgetsAbstract hip-hop is a very tricky genre. It’s very easy for a musician to go into one of its extremes. One could either start juggling with funny and bright samples creating a kaleidoscope which seems interesting at first but gets boring really quickly because of its silliness and lack of depth. Or one can...

Jacuzzi Project – Sweeeeet Muse

I’m torn, my dear friends, just like Natalie Imbruglia. My fragile blogger integrity is shaken to the core and is about to crack. Long story short – I cannot make myself neither like the new Jacuzzi Project release nor give it a low rating. So much for my self-proclaimed subjectivity, right? But subjectivity is one...

Nightlife Of Our Books – Life Is

I’m not entirely sure why I even bother translating this review into English. Nightlife Of Our Books (Ночная Жизнь Наших Книг) is such a uniquely Russian project that hardly any non-Russian speaker would be able to even remotely enjoy their music. It’s hardcore poetry, not even pretending to be singing or rap, combined with ambient...

Chinese Man – Racing With The Sun

Amazon.com WidgetsThere are albums that make you think, there are albums that make you cry, there are albums that make you wonder why the fuck are you listening to this, there are albums that remind you of someone or something. There are albums that are great for listening to while painting a kitchen table. There...