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Jackie Mendoza - LuvHz EP

by Rob Taylor Rating:5 Release Date:2019-04-26
Jackie Mendoza - LuvHz EP
Jackie Mendoza - LuvHz EP

When your influences are as diverse as folk lullabies, electronica and hip-hop, and your principal instrument is the ukulele, well, understandably if each is given equal reign, the finished product is going to be disparate. Which is OK because the rule book was rewritten by the Millennials. The glitchy electronics and bass driven incantations on the opening track of LuvHz called ‘Mucho Mas’ are pretty sharp, and I mean in the sense of being abrasive. I guess you might compare the music to Animal Collective. Unendearing chopped-up indie electronics which is nonetheless clever, if that’s your thing.

Frankly, I’m not sure what to make of these 18 minutes of hypomania. On ‘De Lejos’ for instance, what commences as a waning cross-border cradle song suddenly becomes misshapen and off-key in an unpleasant way. ‘Puppet Angels’ thumps along with a techno beat and punk attitude, and I admire it without really liking it. At only 1:54 the song kind of takes off and then disappears like a poorly navigated drone. ‘Loco Flow’ sounds like what might happen if the languid electronics of Amon Tobin were suddenly hastened to a fast exit. Yet, for all this subversion the best track is electro-plodder ‘Seahorse’ which brings Cocteau Twins to mind, but only momentarily. The broody sonic textures remind the listener of being underwater, the gurgling cascades of water the sound of exploring more deeply, more keenly. Something that beyond this track I found quite difficult.

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