Weekly Capsule Reviews – 13/11/2016


This week: A Tribe Called Quest, Moby, Moby & The Void Pacific Choir

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service (11/11/2016 – Epic Records/Sony Music Entertainment)

This long-awaited release, and final chapter, is a commentary on the potential detrimental ideologies of the right wing in the US if the presidential election doesn’t go their way—”It’s time to go left and not right”. This perceived right-wing perspective actually won out, and whether it’s as bad as these self-aware, Afrobeat-rap, jazz-pastiche, good-guy liberals make it out to be, we’ll have to see. Gentrification of the hoods, deportation of Mexicans and gays (and any other groups the left says it cares about), and lack of a space programme for black people are what they’re afraid of. André 3000 offers a wake-up call for the kids in the hood who might make it and who plan on “fuck[ing] [their] plan B”—”Kids, don’t you know how all this shit is fantasy?” He’s smart, he knows, and they’re all aware of their egos. An obvious nod to the deceased Phife Dawg ends proceedings. He’s the real Donald, we’re forced to believe. (8/10) [Dorney’s Top Records of 2016: #3]

Moby – Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. (25/02/2016 – self-released/free download)

Nice, yeah. (7/10)

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – These Systems Are Failing (14/10/2016 – Little Idiot/mute)

Moby has always been the hookiest electropunk around. This hammers it home alongside his new collab. Not as desperate-sounding as Animal Rights but probably as stupid. No matter the stupidity, though, his message is always meaningful. (7/10)


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