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Mochipet

Microphonepet

(Daly City; US: 1 Apr 2008; UK: 7 Apr 2008)

When we last left our hero David Wang, he had just unleashed his pop-culture glitch-blender of an album called Girls Love Breakcore, which was about as madcap as any electronic album could possibly get. With Microphonepet, Wang (under his Mochipet moniker) has rounded up all the hip-hop tracks that he’s recorded over the past five years, himself playing producer while a staggering lineup of underground rappers get to show their chops over his delightfully off-center sound collages.


Unfortunately, as with any producer-oriented rap album, Microphonepet‘s guest spots cover the entire spectrum of quality, ranging from good (“Get Your Whistle Wet” featuring the Hustle Heads) to very, very bad (did the rapper on “Vnecks” actually just say “keep shakin’ that rectum”?). At times, Wang’s beats could rival any current club banger (as on the apocalyptic synth opener “Tangle”). At others, his sounds are successfully borrow from templates from other rapper/producers.


Throughout it though, the two-dozen MCs just can’t hold their own against Mochipet’s wild, crazed beats that sound alternately old-school (the “You Put a Spell On Me”-sampling “The Graduate” featuring Dubphonics), jazzy (“Do What You Feel” with Artlinkletters), and out-there futuristic (“Girls and Boys and Toys” featuring Jahcoozi). Ultimately, Microphonepet falls apart as an album—its just too long for a single sustained listen—but its individual moments shine very brightly, which in a modern-day digital jungle like this one, is really saying something.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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