November 27, 2008

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Momu, Momentum
Loöq Records, Oct. 22

If you have the foggiest familiarity with San Fran DJ duo Jondi & Spesh, you know to expect decent-enough prog-dance from Momu, the JD Moyer (Jondi) and Mark Musselman tag-team. Momentum sticks to the genre blueprint – lots of layers, not to overanalyze things; 99% of the listening public just calls any danceable music born of synthesizers “techno” anyway — while giving the pair ample opportunity to show off or fall flat. There’s a lot of both here; bloopy Jimmy Figurine-style sounds find a boring, if not uncomfortable, bedfellow with controlled symphonic blasts in opener “Window,” and then it’s all Daft Punk-vocodered big beat (“Truckin”), wave-modulation-and-breakbeat-wank (the title track), more bloops, more Daft Punk, and oops, a pretty song, “Dreamy Days,” let’s say Air half-stabbing at Bjork. Big fat hairy beat-matching deal, as it turns out. Normally I’d insert a platitude about there being a lot of potential, but this rushed product is obviously yet another case of quantity over quality in the world of DJs with revolving stage nicks. Goes for $3 on Amazon in 3… 2… 1… C+EWS