• *REVIEWED* Electric Blanket on This Is Book’s Music

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    At first I wasn’t sure what to make of Nine:Fifteen, where they a hip-hop group trying to be new wave-ish, where they a pop group using hip-hop just to act cool, was this on some hipster shit, or just something unknown? I was intrigued, so I listened, listened more, and then listened again.

    Electric Blanket (Candlewax) are a group that aren’t about doing things in a straightforward or direct way, and that’s good. They seem to be a mixture of N*E*R*D*, Black Eyed Peas, Lupe Fiasco, Gym Class Heroes, and Big Tittie Nippleclips. There are moments where they’re rhyming in a way where you want to say “damn, that’s really nice” and other times they’re trying to convert pop and pop-rock sensibilities into a hip-hop context and it doesn’t quite work.
    Songs that do work on here include “Rugged”, “Dr. Johnson”, and “Guarded Things”, and when it does work, they sound like the kind of guys that could open up for Time Machine and make the crowd pumped.
    Now, when I don’t listen to it as a hip-hop album, it’s a really trippy listen and is less confusing, it makes me laugh a lot because it doesn’t sound like something that should be properly cohesive. In a time where ringtones are king, does it matter of any music cohesive? Maybe not, and maybe this could be just some random slices of boof baf sliced into it with a hint of pepper and paprika. If that’s the case, then they could the kind of group that would be alongside the likes of New Kingdom, but that suggests that their foot is planted firmly in hip-hop. If it’s not directly hip-hop, then one can hear a group who likes to flip flop, and hip-hop purists aren’t going to like this. If you like your music to be as unpredictable as a John Zorn attack of the senses, you’re going to find that within the context of Nike:Fifteen. I think it’s safe to say not everyone is going to understand this, but if you feel something while listening to it, let it molest your ears until it tingles your peepee hole. Then you will approach the dionysian. In other words, once you grasp onto something, pull it in until you are immersed in its juiceess. Then approach the dionysian.

  • *Reviewed* Electric Blanket on Grandgood

    Been following Blake9 and Comel_15 since their Irish Car Bomb days. They (and their extended crew) have kept it interesting for me over the years.
    I received an advance of the album a few weeks back and listened to it a few times. When these dudes do rap music, they do it well. I wish the entire album was rappity rap music. But it kind of isn’t. Obviously I’m biased though.
    Additionally, I’m not super familiar with the other genres they seem to be treading so it’s hard for me to form an opinion w/out sounding uninformed and negative. And the musical experimentation didn’t bother me, I appreciate all that. Even when I hear questionable drums (but see, they’re only “questionable” if it was meant to be a rappity rap song. Ok, I’m stopping myself). I’ll just mention one more thing, that surprised me. I had a hard time digesting the singy songy dude that makes lengthy appearances on a variety of tracks. There’s a wordy review over @ Data Transmission that has this to say: “Along with the involvement of Giant Panda’s Newman, the mic is treated to a shambolic wail leading acoustic improv that celebrates the near-mythical electric blanket, like it’s a comfort device/world-righting weapon, being pursued by a shapeless singing voice coming off as grief-stricken slash highly strung geek with the natural potential to annoy very quickly.” Damn that’s wordy.
    But yeah, without getting all detailed, lets just say when I listen to the record I take refuge in most of Blake’s music and Comel’s raps.
    Standout hippity-hop tracks: “Beautiful” + “Around Again”. The beat on “Guarded Things” is my shit.

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  • Interview in UGSMAG

    Nine:Fifteen are producer Blake9 and emcee Bisquite (aka Comel of Time Machine). After years of singles, Nine:Fifteen have finally released their debut LP, Electric Blanket, and it’s one of the most refreshing albums of the year. Styles are flipped all over; the beats range from chaotic to off-time and there’s a rapper screaming in falsetto. It’s almost like a lot of what’s presented here shouldn’t work as a rap album, but it does.

    Read the whole interview here:
    http://ugsmag.com/2009/11/ninefifteen/