Normally, I have a pretty low tolerance for that computerized, radio hip-pop shit that’s popular with the slick mall-rat sect; that’s my first impression based on the first track. I’m a little curious though, to see how this will all pan out.
Okay – I don’t think DiRTY RADiO‘s mixtape Cassette falls into the category above (get it here for free). First of all, DiRTY RADiO isn’t some YouTube boy wonder found by an anonymous producer who has sprayed his soul out into the consumer atmosphere. The band is actually made up of three Vancouver-based musicians – Farshad Edalat on vocals and percusssion; Anthony Dolhai on piano and synthesizers; and Zach Forbes doing drums and production.) Secondly, it sounds a little less childish than that; their music definitely has more edge then whatever it is they’re playing on MuchMusic these days. (Do they still do music on there?)
I’m only one track in anyway. Wait, the second song has come on and it rocks. Shit, never mind, my Itunes is on shuffle and Atmosphere came on by mistake.
Okay, back to old DiRTY RADiO. The second track, “Forever Alone”, is kinda cool. The first line says, “You can go fuck yourself,” and then sings about being cynical. I feel like there might be a sign in there for me somewhere. I dig the vocals by Farshad Edalat. Dude can sing. It’s silky and soulful. You can find the music vid on their website’s blog, along with some other random stuff like pictures of fashion models, Superman, someone’s ass covered in donut sprinkles, and other stuff that looks like they saved from Google Image Search.
“Killin’ Me” is kind of funky, and I almost got into it until they started singing about Coke Zero.
I found myself tuning back into the album, on tracks like “27” and “Melody”, for its tight drums and slick production.
“No Good for You” is where the album starts actually picking up, but we’re already at track 7 here boys… come on.
By “Questions”, I’m back to paying attention. The first half of this album was lukewarm but suddenly I’m finding myself digging it; reminding me a bit of Gnarles Barkely, or a super stripped down Roots or something, without Quest Love and all the incredible talent. Not saying these guys are untalented – their tracks are tight, groovy, and I bet they’re fun live.
While it took the album a while to get really engaging, the talent is clearly there. Besides a few singles, this is only their second LP (or “mixtape”, technically). If this album is a reflection of their musical path, then they’ll keep slowly warming us all up until we’re hooked. I will listen to their next album. And this one again.