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Nice Nice, "Yesss!"

Consider this a continuation or addendum or something for my last review of Nice Nice. After I covered the Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter EPs I got some into some pleasant debates which resulted in my receiving of their EP Yesss! on Audraglint.



I'm not going to take back anything I said about the seasonal EPs on Temporary Residence. I will, however gladly state that Yesss! is Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi's greatest release as Nice Nice to date. I liked their debut LP Chrome, but it was all over the map. When you take two ADHD kids spewing out numerous songs of through different styles and confine them to one EP, there can be some surprisingly focused results. The five songs on groove with finesse, with vocals, bass, drums, and whatever else they're actually throwing in. I think by the recording of this they've dropped that gimmick of claiming to be playing everything live in the studio as there's undeniably some multitracking going on, with bass playing, guitar riffs, vocals, and drums all at the same time in spots. The three remixes that go along with them (Caural, Stars As Eyes, and DJ/Rupture) are euaqlly as classy and none of them lose any of the magic: they hold to the feeling the band initiated don't let go and don't leave their muddy footprints all over the place.

Yesss! was originally released back in 2004 and it's been a bitch to find. When it showed up I was ecstatic. What I first noticed about Audraglint years ago is that there's the uttmost respect for attention to fine details, all the covers share a similar aesthetic and actually feel very nice, commanding that desire to find out what musical contents lie within (reminder: it was from Audraglint that the world experienced Nudge for the first time, perhaps one of the greatest new bands in the last five years). Fortunately I have yet to be underwhelmed.


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Rjd2, "The Horror EP"
Definitive Jux
DJ/Producer Rjd2's 2002 debut album, Dead Ringer, showed his talents for hip-hop beats and instrumental soundscapes to make catchy, danceable, yet intelligent music. Captializing on the success of the album, Def Jux has released this 2-CD EP of remixes and new tracks, with the second disc featuring multimedia content. The remix CD is a tricky issue these days. It used to be the bastion of alternate mixes and guest appearances, where these days it's usually just filler to tide fans over until the next record. Because of that fear, I can see why someone would be pressed to spend eighteen bucks on this, and it seems Rjd2 himself agrees, calling it "not even an album" in the thanks section of the liner notes. True fans will find some things interesting here, particularly the live DJ sets from the Beta Lounge and the Bowery Ballroom, and the animated video for the title track. As for the music section, this is really what a remix EP should be like, as the remixes are almost reinterpretations. The title track makes its appearance to start off, as is customary, and then the party really gets started. The "Ghostwriter Remix" is beat heavy and groovier, with keyboards taking the lead. The real treat is in the middle with a new guitar line and the same horns and vocal refrain making it a great club track or fine driving music. The "Final Frontier Remix" features some nice rhyme skills from multiple MCs with new beats and samples from Rjd2, though the repeated "We're HERE!" gets old the second time it's heard, just like the original. The new tracks of "Bus Stop Bitties," and "Sell the World" are real treats, as they're just two great tracks with top-notch beats and great grooves that are more David Holmes than Rjd2. The instrumentals are just filler, sure, but they're great to drive down the street to impress, or to throw in your own ingredients if you're a DJ yourself. All in all, this is not a bad value with all things considered, and the packaging is really cool. - 


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