Resident Advisor, Admit Andrew Ryce Is Finished

For his latest contribution to Resident Advisor, Andrew Ryce has chosen to cover the exciting new Robyn & Royksopp collaboration “Do It Again.” After reading the review all I could think to myself was “Never Again.”

For his latest contribution to Resident Advisor, Andrew Ryce has chosen to cover the exciting new Robyn & Royksopp collaboration Do It Again.” After reading the review all I could think to myself was “Never Again.

Robyn and Röyksopp want you to think of them as a band, and not just collaborators. They’ve worked together before (“The Girl And The Robot,” “None Of Dem”), but their more substantial partnership this time came almost out of necessity

Two artists from last decade you didn’t care about then (and surely don’t care about now) needed to get paid.

Robyn returned from herBody Talk tour emotionally spent and artistically exhausted. She moved to Röyksopp’s hometown of Bergen, Norway, in the hope of finding some inspiration. Together the trio found it, through bonding, friendship and wild nights of partying. The end product, the five-track EP Do It Again, explores hedonism, love and artistic anxiety through the prism of festival-ready electro house.

Is this part of the review or the press-release?

The lead single and title track is a hit-you-over-the-head party anthem full of fluttering synths and slamming drums. It’s a pure pleasure overload with a heart-in-mouth breakdown for good measure.

I’m 32 years old, that sounds terrible.

Robyn’s lyrics are painfully simplistic, but hidden deep in clichés like “It hurts so good” and “Wait for the build-up” is a sort of existential ache. Look at it from one angle and it’s a humorously straightforward club banger, but inspect it more closely and it’s a comment on bad habits (“And when we come down / We just do it again”) or a metaphor for a flawed relationship.

Again, I’m 32 years old, that sounds terrible. Moreover, you are telling me it’s terrible but because it’s a metaphor for something relatable I should allow it? I’ll pass.

The track wouldn’t be much without Robyn’s powerful vocal performance, balancing wounded pride and nervous excitement to deliver these lyrics like no one else could.

So you’re telling me the track is boring, and I’m willing to bet 99% of RA readers don’t care about Robyn, so, why is this review even here? Who paid for this review?

The rest of the EP veers between silly and serious. “Sayit” could be a holdover from 2009.

So are your aspirations of becoming a successful journalist.

Robyn trades lines with a glitchy computer voice á la Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” with surging scales and pounding drums that make it hard to dislike

You obviously don’t understand my tastes.

“Every Little Thing” is a power ballad rendered in dramatic dubstep thrusts.

I’m 32 years old, that sounds terrible….

I give up, I can’t continue. This is horrible, and not because the music isn’t compelling but the writing is about as hastily thrown together as what’s being reviewed. Resident Advisor, if this is not a sign that Andrew’s, and your best days are behind you I’m not sure what else you need.

Don’t “Do It Again”

Joe Europe – Mona EP Review Exegesis

A review of Resident Advisor’s review of Joe Europe’s Mona EP on Vitalik Recordings, written by Stephen Worthy

Oh Stephen, how I wish this were an April Fools joke. After a brief respite from Resdient Advisor writing I realized I couldn’t stay gone long; take me away Stephen Worthy

Built on a frazzled melody and warming jets of soporific synths,

Words ravers know: frazzled, melody, warm[ing] jets

Words ravers don’t know: soporific

“Rules” quickly descends into a bubbling morass of acid-tinged synths, through which a wintry drone blasts.

Bubbling? Again? This was addressed yesterday, pay attention RA.

Arkist adopts a peppier approach, unfurling a yawning bassline and subtly brutal kicks.

Awesome Alliteration! The only thing subtly brutal here is the idea that someone at Resident Advisor OK’d this review before they published it.

Stephen Worthy‘s writing here is worthy of 1 star out of 5. Three short paragraphs that namedrop his parties, offer a brief sentence about each track and briefly mentioning that Arkist provided a remix. This “review” subjected readers to more bubbling and adding warming jets to the #50shadesofresidentadvisor list, but that’s no problem, Stephen assured us the Brevity is “gauzy” so it should be an easy cleanup.

Read Stephen Worthy’s review of Joe Europe – Mona EP on Resident Advisor

Tobias – A Series of Shocks Review Exegesis

A review of Resident Advisor’s review of Tobias – A Series of Shocks on Ostgut Ton

Starting a new series here on icnt.mx, an exegesis of online music reviews.

We kick things off with a Resident Advisor review of the new Tobias Freund full length on Ostgut Ton. Definitely not the worst review from RA as of late, Appropriately titled A Series Of Shocks, it seems like the artist was already prepared for the slew of adjectives ready to be lobbed over the fence by myriad bloggers.

A Series of Shocks is rich and spatially ambitious. The low-end (a dark, bubbling mass…

Ok. First off… music reviewers, we can go the rest of our lives without ever reading the word bubbling in reference to music. (Sorry not sorry XLR8R)

Here’s what happens when you search “bubbling” on RA. Tobias, Skrillex, Dauwd, and that’s just the top page. Toil and trouble indeed.

bubbling

Tony continues the above sentence with:

…compresses your chest with physical force.

CPRstep?

cpr

The conclusion of the review:

The foregrounding of twinkly, arpeggiated synth lines is…

…this is where I leave this journey, not just because writers describing arpeggios is like having teeth pulled, but the run-on sentence that continues is more difficult to grasp than why I am subjected to yet another Tangerine Dream comparison

Overall, a solid effort from Resident Advisor – Tony Naylor picked up the slack nicely on this one. Bubbling, compression, and Tangerine Dream references are a bit overdone lately, but definitely a review work checking out, a solid 3/5 – 2 points docked for reminding us he worked with Milli Vanilli, 3 points for going the entire review without a Freund / Freud joke.

Read the complete review of Tobias – A Series of Shocks by Tony Naylor on Resident Advisor