As far as production goes, it is top notched. Some of the mixes leave me feeling a bit unemotional. I get a sense that I would like to hear something bigger…Bigger drum kit, wider stereo spread, and heavier bass. But I am sure they were all done for artistic reasons, as nothing on this release sounds accidental, or for sellable purposes only. I think I am also predisposed to expecting this because I have a mind to think of these releases as a live DJ set. When I don’t get that big explosion they are infamous for, I feel incomplete in some way. But it is an evolution of his musical talents and style. This music feels more grown up and emotionally connected. You can almost tell this is where he was spiritually when doing this music.
Funny enough: I will be one of the first writers that has no problem contradicting himself in the very same article. What I feel the music lacks in the mix is essentially what makes it so different and so fun to listen to. The lack of heavy effects and over the top stereo panning gives it a breath of fresh air. It’s nice to hear instruments that sound like instruments, and not a computer version. Take one listen to “No 7-11’s” (track 3 of the release) and you will see exactly what I’m getting at. No ear fatigue after 12 or so listens. That just doesn’t happen in today’s music business.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say the American public will reward this EP with heavy radio rotation or millions of downloads, it will surely find its niche market amongst us and do very well in it. It plainly is good music. No category needed. Besides, radio programmers know as much about music as I do about nuclear physics. You can hear “No Heaven Borderlands” EP on saboteur musique or amazon.