Al­bum Re­views

Big Dada

Future Music - - CONTENTS - Tom Jones

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of some highly ac­claimed twelve inches and mix com­pi­la­tions, ex­per­i­men­tal beat-mak­ing pro­ducer Kutmah, real name Justin McNulty, fi­nally un­leashes his long-over­due de­but al­bum. The Re­venge of Black Belly But­ton ( TROBBB!) finds the West Coast-based pro­ducer col­lab­o­rat­ing with an im­pres­sive list of the beat move­ment’s most rev­ered artists, with the likes of Gon­ja­sufi, Jon­wayne, Jeremiah Jae and Force Funk all con­tribut­ing amongst oth­ers. A rich and di­verse pal­ette of over 31 tracks oc­cu­pies a record that is as ex­pan­sive as it is ex­per­i­men­tal and im­mer­sive. Touch­ing on hip-hop, in­dus­trial, jazz, dub, punk, rock, new wave, psychedelia and bass-driven elec­tronic mu­sic, McNulty man­ages to sew dis­parate styles into a co­her­ent and fas­ci­nat­ing ta­pes­try of ex­cit­ing sounds. De­con­struct­ing his vast in­flu­ences, he merges in­tox­i­cat­ing rhythms with dusty beats, grainy tex­tures, ex­per­i­men­tal vo­cals and fu­tur­is­tic synths to cre­ate an un­pre­dictable and ever-evolv­ing sound­scape. De­spite its vigor and live­li­ness, it is TROBBB!’s abil­ity to sink deep into the ab­stract, the left­field and the im­pro­vised that re­ally de­lights. Beau­ti­fully off­beat, won­der­fully cre­ative and in­di­vid­ual un­til the last, this is a highly am­bi­tious project that is pulled off with con­fi­dence and swag­ger. A mu­si­cian whose artis­tic vi­sion feels clear and con­cise de­spite its al­len­com­pass­ing na­ture, Kutmah is one of the most in­no­va­tive and in­flu­en­tial pro­duc­ers of the mo­ment.

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