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Ta-Ku, Songs To Make Up To (Fool’s Gold Records)




Ta-Ku, Songs To Make Up To (Fool’s Gold Records)
CD Reviews: June 18, 2015

06/18/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Despite the success of this EP’s similarly named predecessor Songs To Break Up To, Australia’s Reggie Matthews all but admits that he isn’t quite ready to have his Ta-Ku alias make the jump to full-time beat-making. Matter of fact, he’s busying himself with opening a barbershop — like, a hair-cutting place — which is providing one last handy excuse, along with his Instagram photography hobby. But it’ll be quite the thing when he does release a full-length, as the guy has a real gift for making glitchy hip-hop steeped in smoldering Motown chill.  Here, “Sunrise/Beautiful” slows down the soft-core jangle of Snoop Dogg’s “Beautiful,” retrofitting it for Jordan Rakei’s vocal interpretation as an earnest chill-ballad. JMSN and Sango point up gospel’s close proximity to Bone Thugs in the piano-centric “Love Again.” A  Eric W. Saeger






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