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Rasmus Møbius

Medicine Walk

(Statler & Waldorf; US: 20 Jun 2006; UK: 19 Jun 2006)

Rasmus Møbius is one half of the production brains behind Melk, a duo that took me by surprise last year with a fantastic piece of dub-influenced hip-hop beats and well-placed guest stars.  Medicine Walk is Møbius’s debut without his Melk partner-in-crime Anders Christopherson, and if it’s any indication, it was Møbius himself that was largely responsible for much of the dub influence.  Medicine Walk sounds like Melk’s Sports might have if not for the guest vocalists, with even more concentration on a reggae/dub sound placed on its hip-hop backbeats.  The unique thing about Møbius is the way he manages to create that sound—it’s not an organic thing played live on instruments.  Rather, he cuts up synth and organ sounds and arranges them into rhythms that approximate the sound he is so obviously in love with.  When you start hearing the cut-ups, they can sound disorienting and even distracting, but as Medicine Walk continues, Møbius wisely chooses to keep from changing the feel of the songs too much, allowing his listeners to get comfortable with his unorthodox approach.  This means it’s an album with very few highlights (save, perhaps, for album closer “Mint”, which incorporates a little bit of horn-blowing in its latter half), but a consistent, highly listenable, and most importantly, original feel.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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