Perry Porter & ICBM - Paper Moon (2012)

so we have another "pay what you want" album. and a hip-hop one at that, so i'm glad to say that i was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a full-fledged album - clearly not a mixtape. and what's even more interesting here, is the fact that perry porter seems to have captured the sound of the mainstream party-anthems with his delivery, despite not really having a strong position in the mainstream (though it's not a big deal).

we start the album with what seems to be, at first, an aggressive track that is somewhat unapproachable. really, this track is their sort of opening anthem, and it doesn't fail at that. and with this we also learn another thing - their sample selection is fantastic. french producer ICBM clearly aimed for a specific sound on this. we move on to tracks 2 and three, which combined make one very pleasing atmosphere, and show an almost jay-zian attitude to MCing. and immediately with track 4, one can see what type of music they are trying to invigorate here. aptly named, "luci(d) dreams" paints a picture to accompany the title with an array of reeverb laden keys and soft crash cymbals shrouded in more reeverb.

the production is a highpoint of its own, but also a trough. sometimes the compression breaks through the vocals and distracts, and sometimes it's just back enough to feel underwhelming; but beyond that, it's pleasing enough.

it's not hard to see what they are trying to see here - it's a party album - but in multiple senses - i.e. it never falls short of "clever", and it never crosses the line into "dumb". simple, naive, but fun ambitions are laid out like grocery lists while 90s happyRNB harmonies take over. it digs into the mentality of a younger mind (as intended) and how easy it is to just fucking chill out. obviously, not seriously. oh but they totally mean it. if it's what you are looking for, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a good and articulate alternative to other party songs. otherwise, it's still a good listen.

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  1. great selection. really enjoyed this. I have a selection you might want to feature in your blog sometime.

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  2. I love this collection very much..
    thank friend..

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