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Water Creatures

Review by Gary Hill

There is quite an unusual mix of sounds here. For the most part this is electronic, but it varies from funky to almost proggy to reggae. I think it might have been a stronger set if a couple of the weaker tunes had been left off the set. That said, it’s still pretty cool as it’s released here.

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Track by Track Review

There is a killer soulful, old school groove to this jam. Yet, it’s also very modern in its electronic elements. It’s a great tune, however you label it, though. The guitar solo section even feels a bit like Pink Floyd to me.

Wake Up Calm
While this still has some electronic music in the mix, overall, it’s a reggae tune. It’s a cool cut for sure.
Here we get another soulful electronic groove. It’s meaty and quite tasty.
Give N Take
More of a percussive track, this is very much electronic pop music. It has a great vibe to it, though. This isn’t the most interesting thing here, though. It has a tendency to overstay its welcome a bit.
The Game
This is electronic funk goodness. It’s a great groove that’s a lot of fun.
With a lot of funk built into it, this also feels a bit like Kraftwerk to me. It’s one of my favorite pieces on the disc.
YesMaybe (featuring Mosley Wotta)
A bit more of a modern processed pop music sound permeates this. It includes a rap. I like the rap, but the song feels a bit too fake at times to me. I really want to like this one, but it just doesn’t work as well for me.
We’re back in reggae territory here. There are some jazzy elements in plae on this cut, too. It’s a nice change, but does still have some of the electronic edge. It’s one of my favorite songs here.
Mr. Stallenbrown
A bouncy piano and vocal based tune, this is a bit awkward to my ears. It just doesn’t work that well.
Off Grid
Although quite electronic, this has a rather stripped back arrangement. It is a bit on the freeform side, too. It’s also one of the most effective pieces here. It’s quite possibly my favorite cut of the whole album.
Git Down
The arrangement here is a bit stripped back, too. This is distinctly electronic in its basis. That said, it’s also got quite a bit of reggae in the mix.
This one earns a parental advisory. It’s a cool groove with a great funky element. It’s soulful in a classic way, yet it’s also modern.

 I dig the bouncy electronic groove of this cut. It’s a bit stripped down, but it’s also one of that better pieces on show here.

We get some more reggae on this number. It’s more organic, but still has enough electronic music to land it closer to that genre. The later sections get more in the electronic vein. Those sections don’t work as well as the rest of the song.   
More pure electronic music, this one works quite well. It’s actually one of my favorites of the disc, making it a great choice for closer.
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