Heavy experimental beats from Free The Robots on his 3rd full length album. The Balance finds Chris Alfaro (aka Free The Robots) further progressing the art of soulful chopping and flipping samples proper with 14 tracks of next-level beat wizardry. The moody opener "Ophic" with Jesse Jones sets the tone for the album that remains in an introspective mode, but balanced with tough beats and a strong melodic undercurrent. For the beat heads, check the nasty on "Parallaxis," "Let Go," and "The Balance," which is not only the title track, but also displays the perfect balance of melody and beats. Also check the jazzy, smoked out downtempo vibes on "Carnival" with Jesse Jones, "Last Night," "Innervision," and "Visitors." Fans of old school Ninja Tune sounds will dig this. Pressed on clear vinyl, Recommended.
- music label: Elsewhere Studios 2013
reviewed by TKB 11/2013