Lab exclusivo!! Leon Michels circles back on 2005’s Sounding Out The City, the sound that put us onto El Michels Affair in the first place. The ensuing years saw Michels co-found Big Crown Records with Akalepse, amass a seemingly unending rap sheet of stellar session work and a pair of Wu-Tang-focused cover records which took big band hip-hop worship to new levels, making Adult Themes his first full-length return to original compositions since SOTC. It’s evident before you even take off the shrink wrap that this one’s the result of a healthy binge on french psych pop library sleaze a la Melody Nelson, Le Mariage Collectif, etc. Opener “Enfant” is the mise en scène with summery acoustic guitar plucks, blaxploitation flute and some highly evocative cooing from the faceless Birkin to Michel’s Serge (don’t quote me but I’m almost certain its shorty from The Shacks based on her hushed cadence and the Big Crown connection). Centerpiece “Life Of Pablo” begins with the shriek of a newborn baby (Michels’ kid), slowly settling into the sort of gargantuan stadium-sized cop funk that Just Blaze would have lost his shit over in 2002. The album’s grander suites are garnished with a smattering of byte-size pizzicato weirdness and single-serving breakbeats. This the type of shit that makes me want to dust off my sampler and start making beats again. Magnifique! Turntable Lab exclusive splattered vinyl edition of 400, housed in deluxe die-cut outer sleeve, highly recommended.
- Turntable Lab exclusive
- limit (2) per customer
- orange & red clear splatter variant
- housed in deluxe die-cut outer jacket w/ printed inner sleeve
- limited edition of 400
- music label: Big Crown Records 2020
- TTL Editions 025
reviewed by naffi sandwich 10/2019
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