Skip to main content

Review: BEWARE 's 'Loosen Up' is a Cross Genre take on the Anxiety Age

A Lo-Fi, yet Accomplished, Exploration of these Trying Times


BEWARE, former writer for the legendary blog The Smoking Section meditates on living in the anxiety age with his instrumental, cross-genre ‘Loosen Up’ project.

The first two cuts show off a dance influence, ‘Our Exes’ kicks off with a morose meltdown from a sitcom character; the desperate yet optimistic ‘Make it Work’ sounds like early Cassius track played on a busted tape deck.

Tracks three and four have a mid to downtempo hip hop flavour. The twisted-yet- beautiful ‘Duck Duck Goose’ evokes The New Beatmaker favourite Evil Alex; whilst ‘Salty’ could be a perfect instrumental for an introspective Beanie Sigel.

‘Victor Red’ has a gorgeous hip hop / RnB vibe evoking images of an idyllic paradise…The strings and female vocal samples are especially poignant touches.

The melancholic and meditative ‘Good Tipper’ brings to mind ‘Play’ era Moby; whilst the old school beat and evocative strings of ‘BoFIII’ are a nice way to begin winding down the project.

The final track ‘Up & Atom’ Bomber’ has an early noughties indie rock feel and ends the project nicely.
 
Where the project could falter is in mixing. Sadly, the bass lines are lost on high street earbuds; at times the key elements of the track could do with a bit more mid-range presence; and throughout the project high end info is sacrificed in the name of the projects' dark concepts of stress and anxiety a tad too much.

Even with these subjective critiques, ‘Loosen Up’ is an accomplished exploration of trying to survive in these trying times.   

Beats: 4/5
Mixing and Mastering: 3/5
Track Sequencing: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

#NewMusicMonday #MondayMotivation #MixcloudMonday TNB Raps and Beats 01

A mix of hip hop, house, electronica and more

Featuring hip hop superstars including Jeezy, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar to Black Milk; long time The New Beatmaker alumni  K15, Walkingshoe, Evil Alex and Cor Stidak; to newer additions to the TNB Family including Ashes and Dreams and Optic.


Full Tracklist:


1'Smells Like Fun' by Lee TNB AKA Monkey Mind2'Soul Food' by Fabolous & Jadakiss3'Power' by Rapsody feat. Kendrick Lamar and Lance Skiiiwalker4'American Dream' by Jeezy feat. J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar5'Venetian Humidors' by CORSAIR RADIO (Cor Stidak & RaSun the SolBruddha)6

Hardware News:Touch Innovations wows with stunning see-through, all-glass, multi-touch control display exuding ‘XG’ factor

MIAMI, FL, USA: physical hardware touch technology and cutting-edge software specialist Touch Innovations is proud to announce availability of XG — a stunning see-through, all-glass design demonstrating its most luxurious touch screen system yet — as of January 3…




Wowing wherever with a seamless bezel-free design, an all-glass body, and a 39-inch see-through PCAP (Projective Capacitive) touch display supporting 10 simultaneous touch points, XG is quite unlike anything anyone has ever seen (or touched), truly exuding that special ’XG’ factor! For this unique combination of function and finesse makes it a perfect fit for impressing clients and audiences alike in almost any fixed location scenario, performance-based or otherwise — on stage, including high-end clubs’ DJ booths, and elsewhere, from hotel lobbies to mall kiosks and museums to showrooms, with much in-between and beyond, such as gaming events and even upmarket restaurants. Realigning performance and infotainment control possib…

The New Beatmaker is Working Towards GDPR Compliance

The New Beatmaker is Working Towards GDPR Compliance

Dear all, whilst The New Beatmaker works towards complying fully with the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect 25 May 2018, a 'bare-bones' version of the website will be online.

A 'fully-fledged' The New Beatmaker will be online in the coming weeks.