NINE:FIFTEEN: Electric Blanket: LP

On the left side is sample-heavy early ‘90s hip-hop like De La Soul, on the right is the freaky, home-recorded synth funk on compilations like Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 and Mustache Soul. Over the course of their debut album, this bicoastal duo stop off at different points on the continuum, bringing to mind everything from P.M. Dawn to Beck to Bobby Womack. They’re at their strongest when producer Blake9 mixes hip-hop drums with moody synths and Bisquite Powerpoppin’ is vocalizing in a strangled soul yelp. This accounts for five songs on an exciting debut from a group still forging their identity.

 –CT Terry (candlewaxrecords.com)