Album Reviews: Atlantic Connection, Felix Cartal and David Lynch

Soulful Trap

Atlantic Connection The Limit (Smog)

Is it trap? Dubstep? R&B? Trip-hop? Soul? And a little bit of dancehall, too? Atlantic Connection combines all those elements onThe Limit. This is some serious couples-skate kinda music, which takes listeners on a multifaceted journey through a landscape of seductive sounds. It’s a surprising alternative to all the aggressive and/or chirpy beats being crammed down electronic music fans’ throats in 2013. The Limit will broaden your musical horizons. Give it a listen before it becomes a sleeper hit so that you can say you heard Atlantic Connection back when. ★★★☆☆

Electro House

Felix Cartal Past, Present, Felix (Dim Mak)

Singer Koko LaRoo says “after dark is what I’m feeling” in “After Dark” from Past, Present, Felix, but I’m not feeling it. Although a respectable effort, the EP doesn’t have the same originality as his previous offering, the Different Faces LP, which I listened to repeatedly. On these four tracks, Cartal seems to have followed the prevailing big-room commercial sound formula. The EP is easily forgettable, but “New Scene” featuring Ofelia is a pretty little grooving tune worth a download. ★★☆☆☆

Modern Blues

David Lynch The Big Dream (Sacred Bones)

Is that The Man from Another Place dancing in the corner, or am I just imagining it? Mostly twangy spoken word rather than full-on singing (and sounds a bit like Les Claypool), everyone’s favorite dark genius director David Lynch delves into music again with his sophomore album, The Big Dream. Languid, sleepy, seedy and yet surprisingly sexy, Lynch’s 12 tracks channel the mood of his cinematic offerings with a dark rockabilly edge. There’s even a Bob Dylan cover—well, a cover of Nina Simone’s cover of Bob Dylan—on “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” A great soundtrack for driving through the desert to bury a body. ★★★★☆

Disc Scan

Upcoming albums on Deanna’s radar …

AUGUST 16: Sonic architect BT is back with his ninth studio album A Song Across Wires. Nabbing three of the scene’s top vocalists (Jes, Emma Hewitt and Nadia Ali), he’s already proved with “This Must Be the Love” and “Skylarking” that the album could be something special. AUGUST 20:I haven’t listened to the band Travis since I worked in a record store and 1999’s The Man Who came out, but I’m willing to give Where You Stand a spin.

Originally published in Vegas Seven.

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