Album Review: Dr. m.o.m. – Thank You

Label: Trippin’ the Rift
Catalog No: TTRR013

My Own Mind. That’s what the “m.o.m.” stands for. Doctor My Own Mind. The alias of Otari Kakanov, music brain surgeon and pretty handy with scissors. He has cut and assembled a plethora sound pieces from old records and films, pasting together a smoky cast-down atmosphere to dwell in. Influenced by the work of early abstract hip-hop artists, Dr. m.o.m. has gone a level deeper, descending into more somber territory and creating dense textures that knock down walls.

Thank You is a story that takes us through despair and joy. An excursion down a twisted road of unfortunate circumstance that comes to a dead end at rock bottom. Then the assistance of a friend turns everything around and happiness is restored. For that you must tell them thank you. What began as a fun jaunt with ethereal effects and bouncing grooves quickly morphed into a morose chaos soon to be supplanted by a gloomy melancholic pain. Emotive orchestral tones twist around the morose strikes of the piano. Sliding further down until the end of the road unfolds and presents a dimly lit room clouded by smoky vapor. A half empty bottle of whiskey, ashtray overflowing with cigarette butts. Eyes glassed over, faint objects mere blurs of light dancing to the sedate drumbeat and mournful piano.

Through some unexplained karmic portal comes the aid of a familiar comfort. An old friend that is held close to the heart materializes and begins the painstaking process of helping repair the damage from the abuses of life. An astral uplifting begins. Ambient swirls cut through smoke and disperses it, banishing it to another dimension. The drums take over and fill the room with an energetic pulse, commanding the senses into action. The mind has cleared. The room falls away to a bustling city, lighting the sky up with a palette of various colors. Everything has an angelic glow to it, a positive radiance and it would not have been possible without the inspiring guidance of an old friend.

Thank You combines jazz elements and hip hop beats with record scratching and the occasional ambient echo. Borrowing from a varied selection of genres makes it an eccentric familiarity. It’s something we have all heard before but not in this way. All the sounds compliment each other to represent every emotion felt in the whirlwind tale it tells. The moral of the story is to, of course, say Thank You to those you are grateful for. Give thanks to the ones who are always there for you.

Rating: 4 Stars
Standout Track: Reign Over Me


Review: coldreavers – Blue Eyes

Label: Trippin’ the Rift
Catalog No: TTRR003

Trip-hop and Ambient. A great combo but add some World Music to that mix. After blending on pulse for about 30 seconds Blue Eyes is what oozes out of your speakers. Hailing from Russia, coldreavers has taken elements from African and Middle Eastern music to create a dark and groovy downtempo adventure. The crawling beats are supplemented by bleak tremors from Ambient swells that submerge you into a dark pool of sorrow.

There are a few different vocalists who contributed their beautiful tones to this chillout elegy for a long reclusive evening. They range in style, genre and language but they all make massive contributions to the atmosphere. They lighten the intensity of the music, putting a human aspect to it from where we can perceive it better. Such intensity on its own could almost be unbearable at times. The vocals are a guide on our tour through a different world. A dark world of despair and anguish. One that all humans stumble into from time to time.

I highly recommend this album to any Ambient or Trip-Hop fan. All Massive Attack fans should check it out too.

Standout track: Morning In the Café
Rating: 4.5 stars