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Raoul Loves You

by Ra

Expect healthy portions of organic instruments and sound, as ra shares a "raw" blitzkrieg of distorted beats and blaring keyboards, pianos, voice, guitars and bass.
Genre: Electronic: Funk
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1. Intro [raoul loves you]
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2. Ev.panic
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3. Human saw tool
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4. Love to fall apparts
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5. You'll be @#!
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6. Bad birds
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7. The dentist
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8. Fèe
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9. Herisson albinos rules
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10. Fudge brownie brain
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11. Petit gilet
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12. Mmt
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13. Violent badger
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14. Leak
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15. Hi point
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16. Human saw tool reprise
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ra "raoul loves you"
norman records
reviewed by: fats

something utterly fantastic now.... ra. heard of him?? nope... neither had i but then we got a promo sent to us last week and since then i've been enjoying a rather sly love affair with this album, called 'raoul loves you'. it's on *coredump* records (previous releases were that superb *vendor refill *12" and a *proem* CD... forthcoming *venetian snares* 12"!!) and it's a funny old beast. fundamentally it's a hip hop/ electronica hybrid taking elements of *prefuse 73*, *machine Drum, david holmes, boards of canada* and even *capitol k* on the odd track. it's so good though.... and bizarrely the album gets better as it progresses. the more i hear it the more genius i think it is. this is one of the best things you'll hear in some time and it doesn't take many listens to realize this.... the only problem is i don't want to turn it off to review anything else. i better had though....

ra "raoul loves you"
grideface
reviewed by:jacob arnold
11.12.04

i've been checking out ra's icons and illustrations for a few years now, but iwas surprised to discover his new album on coredump records. raoul loves you was published this september between releases from well-known artists proem and venetian snares. though he may not be as well-known (yet), ra's tracks are top-quality, with rough beats and scratches, melodic samples, and glitchy computer manipulation.

the intro sets the tone with bursts of noise and a hip-hop-inspired groove reminiscent of prefuse 73. "ev.panic" provides even more drama with female vocal snippets stuttering in and out over funky synths and filthy percussion. on "love to fall apparts," [sic] slowed-down male vocals drift over a soulful bassline. beats kick in as the voices get even more distorted and out-of-tune. this gets a bit grating towards the end-i think it would have worked better as a shorter piece. "you'll be @#!" is nicer, with lo-fi jazz samples and timpani forming a simple, repetitive break. menacing synth pulses take over around the two-minute mark. next up is "bad birds," which combines crow caws and organ over downtempo beats. it's an oddly moving mix, but it should probably be a couple of minutes shorter. "fudge brownie brain" is a great combination of familiar beats, enthusiastic scratching, and melodic electronics. likewise, "petit gilet" is a lush study in chopped-up movie samples over a bass-heavy break.
ra's music reflects his visual aesthetic-gritty urbanscapes with the occasional uplifting moment. this album should make for good winter listening.

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Mark Sottilaro

GREAT
This album is quite a little work of sonic art. Not always easy to listen to, but always interesting and funky. If you're looking for something that's raver wallpaper, move on. If you're looking for inspired electronica, this is for you.

goodguy/GOOD

Nice angle on breakbeat electronic groove
My favorites are Ev.panic and Herrison Albinos Rules. I would keep an ear out for upcomming releases from Ra. There are some great ideas on this recording. Quite funky.