NoYork! (LP)


Blu

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Amoeba Review

03/25/2013

Blu’s NoYork! is a sublime slab of underground hip-hop, featuring skittery, active production from Flying Lotus and the heady rhymes of the ever-prolific Blu. “Doin’ Nothin” starts the album on a woozy note, coming out of a digital smoke haze of wobbling bass and clapped beats. “Everything OK” puts things into high-gear, speeding through an autobahn of synth lasers, cooed female vocals and Blu sounding chilled out at the center of it all, rapping about parties and girls and living while it all speeds past him like a blur. NoYork!’s headier tracks are no less beguiling, such as “SLNGBNGrs,” which unleashes a slew of MIDI sounds flowing on waves from ear to ear while Blu dolls out hood tales to the eerie effect of making it all seem like one big video game. Like its cover art suggests, Flying Lotus douses Blu’s urban rhymes in layers of glitched out noise, multitracked backup vocals and Blu’s own vocals cut up and strewn back over him like streamers. The guest spots all are welcome and imbue Blu and Flying Lotus’ sound world with more personality — Chop, Cherry Pop and Tiombelockhart bring attitude to the Woody Allen-reffing party jam “Annie Hall”; Jimetta Rose lends some necessary soulfulness to the album on “Spring Winter Summer Fall”; and El Prez, Pac Div, Uni, J*Davey, Tiron and Ayoamari make closer “Doin’ Something” a Wu-Tang-esque grimy crew jam. By balancing its human elements with dizzying production, NoYork! ends up an impactful and fascinating release.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Doin' Nothin'
Blu , U-God 02:41
2.
Everything OK
Blu , Jack Davey 02:58
3.
Never Be The Same
Blu , Sa-Ra , Nola Darling 03:43
4.
Above Crenshaw
Blu , Ca$hiu$ King 04:04
5.
SLNGBNGRS!
Blu 02:59
6.
Soupa
Blu , Suzi Analogue 03:08
7.
Hours
Blu 03:58
8.
Annie Hall
Blu , Chop , Cherry Pop , Tiombe Lockhart 04:04
9.
Tags
Blu , Exile 03:21
10.
Spring Winter Summer Fall
Blu , Jimetta Rose 05:26
11.
Down To Earth
Blu , Donel Smokes , Definite Mass , Dubble Oh 03:20
12.
My Sunshine
Blu , Nia Andrews 03:27
13.
Jazmine
Blu , Andy Allo 01:15
14.
Jazzmen
Blu 02:28
15.
Ronald Morgan
Blu , Edan 03:19
16.
Keep Ush Inn
Blu , Knxwledge 03:09
17.
Doin' Something
Blu , El Prez , Pac Div , U-N-I , J*DaVeY , TiRon , Ayomari 06:03

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