REVIEW: Loden’s “The Star Eyed Condition”

 photo LodenTSEC_cover_zps89a58f50.jpg The abstract samples and synths used on Belgian producer Loden’s The Star Eyed Condition (Circle Into Square/Fake Four Inc.) makes you feel like you’re jumping out of suspended animation and are finding yourself swimming in a pool or stutters. Whether it’s the warmth or the coolness of the water, you are comforted by the fact that it’s water, so you’re comfortable but unsure of where the current will take you. You close your eyes, open your ears, and wish for the best.

If the song that begins “About Busdriver With Colors” doesn’t sound like a urine stream on a Quonset hut, you’re not listening the way I am. Then the song gets thick and funky with Busdriver dropping lyrics about “vaginal lips underneath the leather soles” and blending that with seeing things with such vibrancy. As far as seeing, Ceschi finds himself in “Ceschi Is Seeing Straight” and moves into a direction that is anything but straight and/or narrow. Joëlle Lê, know for her work as Greetings From Tuskan and with Buck65 in their Bike For Three! project, gets a chance to work with a fellow Belgian and go gallivanting in a brilliant song that crosses language and music barriers. Hearing Doseone in “Future Confetti With Doseone” makes me long for what was cLOUDDEAD but he still retains his nerdiness, sarcasm, humor, and dopeness that has always made him who he is as an artist. The album wraps up with “A Letter To A Future Kid From Sole”, and if The Star Eyed Condition makes itself somewhat of an optimistic album, Sole’s track almost moves things in a pessimistic manner. As the title indicates, it’s a message to someone who is too young to be aware of the world, or someone who doesn’t exist yet, offering words of guidance on what to look out for in a big and scary world that will probably be smaller and scarier in the years ahead. He closes the song and the album with the lines ““My only advice is to catch the tone in my voice/and know the spirit lives on, even when it’s strangled and put in a box/you might think you’re alone, but I can assure you you’re not/it’s how everybody feels before a society cracks“. It is then that you realize this isn’t only a message to a future kid, but a goodbye letter to our past and everything it used to mean, when meaning meant something.

It is then when you realize The Star Eyed Condition is an album that is meant to be the optimism of a young child, starry eyed with nothing known but who gives him or her warmth and comfort. It is then you realize the album is the type of album that could not exist on a major label anymore, not with musical freedom being something old people used to do for shits and giggle. The idea that someone in rap music could get down in a non-hip-hop manner seems laughable, even though rappers are doing just that but are killing themselves inside for the paper chase that ends up chasing, biting, and killing them. The album is something that could only be done in electronic music, which tends to tear down walls as a mirror towards the walls being build by many. The Condition of those who are Star-Eyed leads one to wonder if it’s a condition that needs to be treated, or does doing things automatically make you a defect of the once cherished human condition? The sounds here are fun and danceable, but it leads to a moral that involves thought. Like the old song “Find The Cost Of Freedom”, a cost that was buried in the ground, if mother Earth swallows us, do we have to lay our bodies down or dust off the dirt and try to survive in something that seems better to not exist in? Music with thought can be a very good thing, maybe this will be the thought provoker.

SOME STUFFS: Loden unloads track from new album to come

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The Star-Eyed Condition is the forthcoming album from Loden that will be released on August 20th, and a vinyl pressing is being made, limited to only 500 copies. Loden has uploaded a track for you to listen to called “Future Confetti”, and it features Doseone. To order the record, click the Bandcamp player below, or head here if the player is not present.

REVIEW: Doseone’s “G is for Deep”

Photobucket While I can’t say I’ve listened to everything of his, it’s a trip to realize I have heard him in some capacity for about 15 years. While I can’t say I listened to every little Anticon variation and derivative, I was a huge fan of cLOUDDEAD, in which Adam Drucker was a member . As Doseone, he releases a brand new album called G Is For Deep and anyone who has been a fan of his since way back in the 1990’s will enjoy his faithful return.

The songs are just as adventurous as anything he has released over the years, singing in that kind of style that might be irritable to some but I take on as being one of Doseone’s voices. He can get rough, smooth, and occasionally sound like a drunk, but when he sings with that voice that may make some swoon, while others may say they become nostalgic for computerized voices, it becomes the Doseone I know and love musically. It’s freaky and goofy at the same time, and because of that, it’s cool. If you remove his voice, these tracks could easily be applied to songs by Drake, Mariah Carey, and Lady Gaga. In fact, why can’t Doseone be that guy who has the big pop hits and not these fools?

G Is For Deep is music where pop execution is dead, and it’s all about putting out your voice because it is you speaking without corporate forces telling you to sound like everyone else. The tracks tell unique stories about the difficulties and struggles of modern day living, and how friendships need to be maintained before we lose the concept of friendship so… it’s more of the clever trickery Doseone likes to do. It may come off funny to some, but a deep listen within his cooky madness shows there’s a kid with heart who isn’t afraid to be himself, at least within the guise of one Doseone. In a better world, “The Bends” would be an anthem for a generation.


WHY? have a new EP ready to go called Sod In The Seed (City Slang/Anticon), and you are able to take a listen to the title track with the Soundcloud player below. With new music comes a responsibility to fans, an obligation. Well, maybe not a true obligation, but they’re going on tour that will take them around town like Spongebob Squarepants from August until October. See where they’ll be:

August 24 – Columbia, MO (The Blue Note) *&
August 25 – Norman, OK (Opolis) *&
August 26 – Santa Fe, NM (SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing) *&
August 27 – Phoenix, AZ (Crescent Ballroom) *&
August 28 – Los Angeles, CA (Echoplex) *#
August 30 – San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall) ^*#
August 31 – Arcata, CA (Arcata Playhouse) *#
September 1 – Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom) *#
September 2 – Seattle, WA (Bumbershoot Festival)
September 3 – Boise, ID (Reef) *%
September 4 – Salt Lake City, UT (In The Venue) *%
September 5 – Englewood, CO (The Gothic) *%
September 6 – Omaha, NE (The Waiting Room) *%
September 7 – Lawrence, KS (The Granada) *%
September 8 – Minneapolis, MN (Cedar Cultural Center) ^*%
September 9 – Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall) ^*%
September 10 – Cleveland, OH (Beachland Ballroom) ^*%
September 11 – Ithaca, NY (The Haunt) ^*+
September 12 – Cambridge, MA (Middle East) ^*+
September 13 – Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall Of Williamsburg) ^*+
September 14 – Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer) ^*+
September 15 – Durham, NC (Motorco Music Hall) ^*+
September 16 – Asheville, NC (Grey Eagle) ^*+
September 17 – Atlanta, GA (The Earl) ^*+
September 18 – Nashville, TN (Mercy Lounge) ^*+
October 5 – Dusseldorf, Germany (New Fall Festival)
October 6 – Evreux, France (L’abordage)
October 7 – Paris, France (Maroquinerie)
October 8 – Brighton, UK (Old Market)
October 9 – London, UK (Electric Ballroom)
October 10 – Manchester, UK (Central Methodist Church)
October 11 – Bristol, UK (Fleece)
October 12 – Glasgow, UK (SWG3)
October 13 – Oxford, UK (The Bullingdon)
October 15 – Berlin, Germany (Volksbuhne)

* = w/ Serengeti
^ = w/ Doseone
& = w/ DJ Tony Trimm
# = w/ DJ Sodapop
% = w/ Jel (DJ Set)
+ = w/ DJ Thanksgiving Brown

The new EP? Sod In The Seed will be released on August 14th, and here’s the official cover art.

The title track? Oh yeah, here it is.

SOME STUFFS: Are they Themselves? Themselves say yes, in reference to “CrownsDown”

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Doseone and Jel have returned as, appropriately, Themselves, and a new album is on its way in the form of CrownsDown. It will be released on my birthday, and here is the official track listing:

1. Back II Burn
2. Oversleeping
3. The Mark
4. Gangster Of Disbelief
5. Daxstrong
6. You Ain’t It
7. Roman Is As Roman Does
8. Skinning The Drum
9. Deadcatclear II
10. Gold Teeth Will Roll

What will make of the album? Fans of Doseone, Jel, and the Anticon movement will buy this blindly, but some of the things referenced in their press release include such things as “X-Clan”, “electro bounce”, “Nas”, “Kool Keith”, “Auto-Tune”, and “sweat-and-blood-made crowns”. What does this all mean? You’ll find out, but if you can’t wait around for it just yet, they did create a pre-release album that fans can download for free. You can find out about it here.

SOME STUFFS: The road welcomes Themselves

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Photo by Mathew Scott © copyright Anticon Records.

You may know of Doseone and Jel and because of that, you may know of Themselves. They are heading on tour again, and as you anticipate them, you can download their brand new album for free. It’s called theFREEhoudini and you can download it now by heading to

As you let their sounds get into your pores, take a look at where they’re headed:

07/23 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
07/24 Portland, OR Doug Fir
07/26 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
07/28 Visalia, CA The Cellar Door
07/29 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
07/30 San Diego, CA Brick by Brick
08/01 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

Check them.