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Bradox64, Once Upon A Time That Hasn’t Happened Yet
(Bluntface Records)

01/10/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/10/2013 - Bradox64 is the nom-de-DJ of Braden McFarland, slumming with his homemade electronic curveballs in Hampton. The feel of these experiments is decidedly jungle-vs-alt-hip-hop, heavily invested in breakbeat, buzzy electro and Atari-8-bit. Thus, if his intent is to move closer to the (presumed) vision of New Hampshire’s Bluntface Records’ collective, he’d want me to say he’s more or less competing with acts like Gothsicles. But I don’t want to say that at all, really — McFarland obviously isn’t staying awake all night at his computer trying to make joke songs, even if there’s an undertone of not-quite-seriousness in the mix. No, he’s experimenting in the vein of DJ Starscream: in “The Venus Trot,” he whips out hardcore rinse-out moves that would scare Dieselboy, stopping and starting to holler a Chemical Brothers-worthy “Here we go again,” all this after tabling a blingy beat that wants to be the red-headed stepchild of the theme to the T.Ocho show. “Water On the Knee” is noteworthy in that it seems to want the haunted-house genre to hurry up and die already (don’t we all?). Download the LP for free at bluntfacerecords.com. A-  — Eric W. Saeger





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