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Se­lec­tions From DUMB ★★★★ Self-re­leased

Fol­low­ing an ex­tended hia­tus, the sec­ond al­bum from New York-based duo HDLSS (that’s Head­less with the vow­els gone Awol) is a sump­tu­ously de­tailed whirl­wind of claus­tro­pho­bic, so­cially con­scious and de­fi­ant pop. Tack­ling top­ics rang­ing from mis­guided cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion to po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal ap­a­thy, Far and Wolfy (of south Asian and Ir­ish ex­trac­tion re­spec­tively) out­line their in­sider knowl­edge from out­sider per­spec­tives. It’s a lucky dip of post-hip-hop, glitch, doo-wop, smart sam­ples and dreamy elec­tro-pop where the lyri­cal weight is oc­ca­sion­ally sub­sumed by the ex­trav­a­gant, com­plex pro­duc­tion. The Steve Re­ich-ref­er­enc­ing and Toni Mor­ri­son-sam­pling opener

Col­o­nizer should whet the ap­petite, and the beats and ballsy brass of By­stander Ef­fect will reel you in and push you deeper. Highly rec­om­mended. hdlss­mu­sic.com

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