Ellie Hewitt, London - United Kingdom - on 7/9/12
Sometimes these days, music isn't very fun. It's cool, it's trendy, you're wonking out in a corner nodding your head and twitching your arm but it's debatable that what your listening to (and what your doing) is actually fun. When you listen to Masomones there is that element of fun, it's not that it's not serious, it most definitely is - but theres a hint of brightness there. Just look at the artwork.
'Saint Jacut' begins the release with Jaw's sultry vocals using catchy mantra's like 'love is a boomerang', blended smoothly over a pleasant melody with spot on flawless production. The stand out tracks on this release for me have got to be 'Tomorow' with Jaw and 'Tofidi'. Although I banged on about fun earlier, 'Tomorrow' has a really beautiful mournful aspect to it again Jaw brings the heat with soulful and dusky 'ahs' and 'ohs', there's a baritone element that give it real depth. Twinkling chords overlaid on the subtle drums are set off by the vocals which are rich and powerful. Back to the 'fun' aspect 'Tofidi' is just that (well what I deem fun anyway), it's stripped back, its' muscular with a really intense rhythm and tight production. The track 'Tofidi' is so minimal, that it's almost complicated - the kind of track that you could dance to for absolutely hours, with subtle rolls up and down, it's refreshing that there are no monster drops to hit you in the jugular. Overall Masomenos and gang have created a release that is idiosyncratic, a little bit of fun but without being silly in a beautiful package.
Released on October 1st 2012
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