I respect any artist that is willing to push himself. The one-man project known as BRSBK melds genres like jazz, electronic, hip-hop and more on his effort ALL OVER YOURSELF. ALL OVER YOURSELF is a very impressive debut effort and feels like an album that is from a breed of artists on the fringe that you may have heard in the last ten to fifteen years.
Right off the bat I was reminded of Flying Lotus for the most obvious reason of mixing jazz and hip-hop. In addition to that ALL OVER YOURSELF is an instrumental album. There are other artists that came to mind before Flying Lotus was a name. Prefuse 73 and Fout Tet which are two acts that were at their height about ten years also may have had some influence here.
The songs are slick, often inventive and have some formidable groves. Take for instance “Videos.” Thematic synth strings meld with a dubstep style beat not unlike that you might hear from an artist like Burial. A lead blues guitar is the focal point but the bass is also pronounced. A synth comes in towards the end giving the song an exciting and surprising end.
“Domo’s Beat” has a great subdued yet funky beat. It’s a bit dark but smooth. I loved the vibe here. As the song progresses unique note sequences sounds unique and kept interested. The song changes just enough. The moment a beat starts to wane he mixes it up.
Some songs like “Whoyouare (I am)” meld just enough out of the box experimentation with hip-hop. The song swells, hits hard but isn’t predictable. Good stuff. “Bobby’s Cut” is another solid cut. Jazzy drums and deep bass are main components here. It’s a good 2:00 am lounge song.
BRSBK has a good ear. The songs and grooves don’t overstay their welcome. He gives you just enough and moves on. Overall, this is a great debut and sets a very foundation for this newcomer. Can’t wait for more.
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