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Monday, June 17, 2024

CD review: RJD2

Artist: RJD2

Album: The Colossus

Label: RJ’s Electrical Connections

Rating: 4

Scheduled to set the Freeborn stage on fire (literally, maybe?) on January 27th of this upcoming year, RJD2 gives Davis audiences something exciting to look forward to with his fourth solo album.

RJD2 retains some of the classic techniques that made his sounds so mesmerizing. Guitar solos, piano and synthesizers mixed with smooth beats used in previous tracks such as “Ghostwriter” and “Here and Now” make their usual appearances in The Colossus.

Of course, great vocal collaborations are expected. Phonte Coleman offers a smooth, soulful voice embraced in fluttering piano.

Although some might not like it, RJD2 captures a very raw sound as heard in “A Spaceship for Now” where the drum sounds very un-produced and digitally un-altered. It’s a rare find these days.

Give these tracks a listen: “Tin Flower,” “The Shining Path (featuring Phonte Coleman)”

For fans of: Ratatat, Blockhead, Soul Position

– Uyen Cao


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