Aquaria (LP) [Explicit]


Boots

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Boots’ long-awaited debut full-length comes on the heels of some very high-profile production work he’s done for various artists, most notably Beyonce on her self-titled fifth album. While that collaboration catapulted Boots from the underground to nearly a household name, Jordan Asher, the man behind the Boots moniker, remained somewhat elusive, with only a handful of solo tracks released among a mixtape and a couple of EPs. Aquaria establishes Asher as worthy of standing among his formidable collaborators as a solo artist. Those already familiar with his work with relish in “Brooklyn Gamma’s” spare beat and hauntingly close, digitally skewed harmonies. “C.U.R.E” reveals Asher’s skill as a rapper, denoting social ills in a defeated drawl among whirring synths and a clanging beat. The sticky, rattling production underneath “Bombes Away” calls to mind trip-hoppers like Tricky and Massive Attack and recalls his work with FKA Twigs, but Asher remains a complete original on tracks like “I Run Roulette,” its rumbling beat and growling distortion proving endlessly intriguing. Perhaps to prove a point, Aquaria is light on collaborations, save for Deradoorian on the title track, whose ghostly vocals lurk around and snake around the songs creeping noise and simple, insistent thump. While Asher’s production shows more personality than his vocals, Aquaria is still full of strong songs throughout, like the atmospheric, experimental “Earthquake” and lovelorn piano ballad “Only.” Not everyone can pull off both producer and singer, but Boots isn’t your everyday artist, and Aquaria accordingly lives up to his substantial hype.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Brooklyn Gamma
Boots 03:20
2.
C.U.R.E.
Boots 02:55
3.
Oraclies
Boots 03:55
4.
Bombs Away
Boots 03:25
5.
I Run Roulette
Boots 03:49


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Gallows
Boots 01:41
2.
Aquaria
Boots 04:59
3.
Earthquake
Boots 03:00
4.
Only
Boots 04:20
5.
Dead Come Running
Boots 04:09
6.
Still
Boots 02:56

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