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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Uncle Tony's Coloring Book

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Uncle Tony's Coloring Book
Label: Ninja Tune
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Uncle Tony's Coloring Book
For his third solo full-length, Manhattan beatmaker Blockhead delivered his comparatively quick-tempoed instrumental collection to the masses DIY style. Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book is a self-released effort, and instead of dropping another volume of bulky, downbeat pass-out-and-spill-beer-all-over trips in the vein of his Music by Cavelight or Downtown Science albums, the new one is bright from the jump. Following kaleidoscopic contributions to Aesop Rock’s None Shall Pass LP, Uncle Tony’s works also harbor Blockhead’s favorable tendency to lace beats with overt psychedelia — every dollar record bin in town must be barren when he finishes an album. The campy, pitched-up vocal samples that bookend Downtown Science have nothing on this one; “Trailer Love” features snippets from a Chipmunks-type version of “Bring It on Home” that would have Sam Cooke somersaulting in his grave. The 13 cuts on Uncle Tony’s bubble over with a string of experiments that register as distinctively odd alongside each other, with longtime collaborating guitarist Damien Paris rockin’ amid dissonant mashes of elements (“Not So Ok Corral”) and Moog melodies riding disco kicks (“Grape Nuts and Chalk Sauce”). Off the beaten path, but definitely worth a try.

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