He takes detours into smoothly gliding 80s synth-funk "Walkin'" and queasy prog ambience "Mystery Machine [The Golden Age of Apocalypse]". But still, know that this is more of a jazz album than an electronic music album, and more of a soul album than either.
And it's on the third track, "Fleer Ultra", that Bruner's true loves finally leaps to the fore, because that's the first time the bass really goes bananas. Bruner is undoubtedly what was once called a "musician's musician," a practice-space hound who reveres good playing.
He's unashamed of his talent, but he also knows it's better put to use making hooks. Even the drowsiest songs here pop with super-animated basslines. As a singer, Bruner is much better than he has to be, considering his musical inventiveness is already plenty attention-grabbing, but while his fluttery, heartsick vocals lend Apocalypse much of its charm and memorability, it's those basslines that are the real earworms.
As with FlyLo, it's still best to approach Apocalypse as instrumental head-trip, albeit one that's occasionally got tunes you can hum. Shame about how YK ended samolivers Sound Ancestors by Madlib. This album lives up to its stellar rep. I feel like a better person for having listened to it. Going on my Best of list now. Otis Nugatory. Mordechai by Khruangbin. Wander by Alphabets Heaven. Complex grooves expertly engineered for easy listening. The latest from New York producer Afrikan Sciences offers a bakers dozen experimental electronic songs that are immersive and ever-evolving.
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