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Skinnman, Epiphany (Nub Country Records)




Skinnman, Epiphany (Nub Country Records)
CD REVIEWS: December 3, 2015

12/03/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Skinnman, Epiphany (Nub Country Records)

Second full-length from the alter ego of Scottish DJ Luke Henderson, whose bag is summery dance-techno with the right amount of sweatshop-jungle sewn into it to be more or less relevant for the moment. Intro track “Finally Free” does a Calvin Harris/Tiesto thing with stormy, epic hookage after a brief glitch experiment. The Autotune in that one would have sufficed for an entire record and becomes a bit unwelcome upon the title track, with its Bruno Mars bubblegum approach, tempered as it were by more dubstep-ish rinsing, not that that in itself automatically makes it cool, but it’s … you know, OK. But all this nonsense brings us to the agreeably surprising “Growing,” a bright mellow-down that comes off like Seal doing rudimentary guitar-tronica, phase-shifter doing all the tech work, and then there’s the Autotune again, really unnecessary this time. Don’t get me wrong, the songs are good, but Henderson certainly allowed the pasteurization process to run too long. B- 





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